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Cutting and Ripping

 Making a Ripping Cutoff Jig

Step 1: Assemble the Jig

Step 1: Assemble the jig Make the jig from two strips of 3/4-inch plywood, each 8 feet long. One piece should be about 5 inches wide; the other should be as wide as the saw base plus 5 inches. Have the home center or lumberyard cut them so you'll get straight cuts, then screw them together so that the edges align.

Step 2: Cut the Jig to Width

Step 2: Cut the jig to width

Guide the saw along the fence piece, cutting the wider piece to width in the process.


Step 3: Lay Out the Line You Want

Step 3: Lay out the line you want

Place the cut edge of the jig along the line and clamp or screw it in place. Guide the saw along the narrower piece to cut along the line.


Making Cuts With a Circular Saw

Crosscutting with a square

Crosscutting with a square

Special squares, like the one shown here, help guide the saw through a short cut. Put the raised edge against the stock and guide the saw along the other edge.


Ripping with the circular saw

Ripping with the circular saw

Cutting along the length of the board (ripping) is accomplished with the help of a rip attachment or by clamping a board in place as a guide. The rip attachment, shown here, is fine for making narrow cuts. For cutting wider pieces, make a cutoff guide.