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How to Cut Straight

By jthornton · Dec 9, 2017 · ·
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  1. jthornton
    You don't need an expensive table saw or chop saw to make straight accurate cuts in plywood and other stock. I know a lot of folks see some of the fancy things members build and think wow they must have a fancy woodworking shop. I'm going to show you how to make nice straight cuts with a skill saw, a straight edge and a couple of C clamps.

    My little battery operated skill saw the fence is 4" from the edge of the blade. So after laying out the cut line I put the straight edge 4" from the line on the part I want to keep. This prevents wandering off and ruining a part. Make sure you put the crank for C clamp down so it does not interfere with the saw. Just ignore the wrong line lol.

    skill-saw-01.jpg

    Always measure perpendicular to the straight edge. Anything on the left side of the 4" mark will get cut off.

    skill-saw-02.jpg

    Here you can see I stopped part way through the cut so you can see the setup in action.

    skill-saw-03.jpg

    The straight edge can be anything handy, I do like this one I got from a store. You can join the two halves for a 8' cut or just use 1/2 for 4' and smaller cuts.

    Here is two identical parts I cut one at a time. They are the sides for my roll out nest box that I'm building.

    skill-saw-04.jpg

    I don't have to mention saws cut anything that gets in the blade...

    JT

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    jthornton
    I'm a self employed automation engineer and tinkerer living on a dead end dirt road off of a dirt road in South East Missouri in the hills.
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  1. jreardon1918
    Thanks JT. This is very helpful. I am slowly getting better at working around the house. This like this will help.
  2. N F C
    Good tips and the photos help, thanks!
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