Using a Jig to Cut a Straight Line With a Circular Saw

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When paired with a jig, you can cut a straight line in a board or piece of wood using a circular saw. Use a jig to cut a straight line with a circular saw with help from a home remodeling expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dave Trull with the Trull Gallery, and I'm going to show you how to cut a straight line with a circular saw using a really simple jig. The jig is really simple to make. What I've done is just taken a straight strip of plywood. Screwed it to another piece of plywood. And I've already cut my jig to size. And how I did that was I know that for my particular circular saw I need about five inches. So, I had six inches of overhang from my fence to the edge. And then simply rammed my circular saw keeping the edge of the foot to my fence. So now whenever I use this jig alls I have to do is line up the cut edge to my cutting marks on the new piece. And I know I'm going to have a straight edge to work with. It's real simple to do. And at this point, alls we need to do is clamp down our stock and I've done that already. Okay, I've already made a couple of marks on my board to let me know where our cut is going to be. And alls we are going to do is we are going line those up. And then just using some clamps, clamp our jig in place. And always double check to make sure nothing moved while we where clamping things down. The next thing I want to do is adjust my blade height. I just bring my saw over, loosen the foot. And make the adjustment till I get about a quarter of inch of blade sitting below my stock. And then go ahead and lock that down. We are going to lift our blade guard and bring our, the shoe of the saw all the way against our fence. And at this point we are ready to make our cut. Once the blade stops we can go ahead and set our saw down. Pull our jig off and we have a nice square straight edge to work with. I'm Dave Trull with the Trull Gallery, the fine art of furniture making.

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