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#1 posted 01-09-2013 06:26 AM

There are several posts which discuss making a circular saw cutting guide. These aren’t just a straight edge, but are 2 layers of ply laminated together. The top layer is set back from the edge of the lower piece the same distance as from the edge of the saw plate to the blade—a little more, since you then trim off the excess with the circular saw. When you go to make a cut, lay the edge precisely on your marks, clamp it in place, and you get a perfect cut. Make it a double wide, and use the other side in the same way for your router (of course, that only works for one size of router bit). You can also find folding tables or benches that mount your circular saw underneath, with the blade sticking up through. They require a fence for ripping. I’m not pretending they are as accurate as a real TS, but they’ll do in a pinch. My point is, you can do a lot of work with very few and simple tools. My first bench top saw was a tiny 7 1/2” Sears that I bought about 40 years ago, and used for at least 5 years. It’s amazing what I was able to do with that tiny, underpowered saw with only one blade, because nobody made a 7 1/2” blade other than the one I had. I’d guess the saw weighed only about 25 lbs.

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