How to Use a Circular Saw: Long Cuts

Learn how to safely saw boards freehand, cut plywood with a straightedge guide and build a ripping jig for accurate cutting with a circular saw

Required Tools for this Project

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

  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Corded drill
  • Drill bit set
  • Jigsaw
  • Safety glasses
  • Sawhorses

Spring Clamps

Required Materials for this Project

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

  • 1/2-in. plywood scraps
  • four 7/8-in. screws
  • four 5/8-in. screws
  • two 1/4-in. carriage bolts and washers
  • 2 Wing nuts