Circular Saw Tips and Techniques

Brush up on the basics with this collection of circular saw do's and don'ts

Don't set the blade too deep

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Set the blade depth before cutting

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Allow the cutoff to fall away freely

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Support plywood for cutting

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Don't cut wood that’s supported on both ends

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Secure the board for rip cuts

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Hold the blade guard up to start angled cuts

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Start over if the saw wanders from the line

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Cut heavy boards without sawhorses

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Guide rip cuts with your finger

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Circular saw
  • Sawhorses
  • Safety glasses

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 2x4s
  • Finish nails