Circular Saw Tips and Techniques

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

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Don't set the blade too deep

Set the blade depth before cutting

Allow the cutoff to fall away freely

Support plywood for cutting

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

Secure the board for rip cuts

Hold the blade guard up to start angled cuts

Start over if the saw wanders from the line

Cut heavy boards without sawhorses

Guide rip cuts with your finger

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

Shopping List