circular saw corner cutting technique

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Forum topic by treesner posted 06-19-2016 05:25 AM 676 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-19-2016 05:25 AM

Any secret to cutting corners with the circular saw?
I currently stop right before the line, move the board over or tilt on its side and get a little hand saw to finish it off, not very fast when on a full sheet

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#1 posted 06-19-2016 11:07 AM

Use a jig saw instead of hand saw…or at least a bigger hand saw than one pictured.

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#2 posted 06-19-2016 11:32 AM

No faster way I know – I do what you do.

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#3 posted 06-19-2016 01:53 PM


Your method is the only method for completing an inside corner cutting of which I am aware. If the circular saw is set for maximum depth of cut, less material must be cut to free the two pieces. However, I do not bother standing the work piece on edge to complete the cut. I leave the work lying flat and, if using a handsaw, paying attention to keeping the cutting edge of the handsaw perpendicular to the work piece to avoid overcutting the backside. Leaving the work piece in place after the circular saw cuts speeds the process a little.

If the work piece is cut on both sides with the circular, even less material remains for jigsaw or handsaw work. However overall this method is even slower than the method you described; but it makes for quicker work of cutting the two pieces free. The work piece must be fully supported when it is flipped over after the first cut, otherwise the two pieces can break away from one another. Also the cut line must be extended on the second face. Extending the cut line is straightforward by laying a straight edge on one side or the other of the kerf and then drawing the line.

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#4 posted 06-19-2016 07:54 PM

I find using a Japanese style “pull” saw gives a clean cut with no splintering. For thin material, a corner chisel helps with clean corners.

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