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Circular Saw Tips and Tricks

Circular saws are great for cutting plywood and 2x's, but you can also cut everything from logs to concrete to steel beams with the right blade or the right type of saw.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Big saws for big wood

If you have big wood to cut that calls for closer tolerances than you can get with a chain saw, it’s time to enter the big leagues of circular saws. Every log or timber frame builder uses saws like the ones shown here. These beasts are expensive and rarely available for rental, so we’re talking about a big investment if you need one to build your dream cabin in the woods. They may look intimidating, but you’ll feel comfortable with any of them after a few cuts. You can find and order these bad boys at www.7corners.com. or other online tool suppliers.

Blades that make the cut

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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

You'll also need a circular saw blade or chain saw attachment.

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