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Rip cut trick
In most cases, a table saw is a better choice for ripping lumber than a
circular saw. But if you don't have a table saw handy, and the rip cut
doesn't have to be precise, then a circular saw works fine. The trick is to
hold the board in place while you rip it. Unless the board you're ripping
is very wide, clamps will get in the way. So a good alternative to clamping
is to tack the board down to your sawhorses. We let the nails protrude
here because they don't interfere with the saw bed. But you can drive the
nails (or screws) flush and still easily pull the board off when you're done.
To reduce damage to better-quality boards, use finish nails, and pull them
through the back side when you're done.