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Lil_KB
11-03-2006, 09:12 PM
what can i do to get perfectly straight circ. saw cuts? i have a somewhat steady hand but never perfect. im gonna drop the $$$ on a table saw one day but for now i need to improvise.

any help?

ssj2xxgotenxx
11-03-2006, 09:15 PM
clamp a board to the piece of wood you're cutting to guide the saw

What he said.

There is a thread that went up about this a month or two back. Cookies to whoever finds it.

mazdakid
11-03-2006, 09:18 PM
dont use a 2x4 though, try to find a straight piece of steel or angle iron

IamDeMan
11-03-2006, 09:27 PM
http://www.benchnotes.com/Skillsaw%20Guide/skillsaw_cutting_guide_boa.htm

Death By Bass
11-03-2006, 09:28 PM
dont use a 2x4 though, try to find a straight piece of steel or angle iron

or just an offcut of MDF :) or even a whole other sheet of MDF.. hehe

JimJ
11-03-2006, 09:28 PM
Get yourself one of these:

http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/507/saw1qs9.jpg
http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/4949/saw2nl7.jpg
http://img305.imageshack.us/img305/8475/saw3gj0.jpg

Add a couple sawhorses and clamps, and you have a portable panel saw :)

Death By Bass
11-03-2006, 09:33 PM
nooo!!! do this!!!

http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/2752/cut1fx9.jpg

http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/4985/cut2ow0.jpg

http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/3500/catnw4.jpg

Megalomaniac
11-03-2006, 09:33 PM
a jig. or a dremel circle cutter

IamDeMan
11-03-2006, 09:34 PM
a jig. or a dremel circle cutter
For straight cuts?

Death By Bass
11-03-2006, 09:34 PM
a jig. or a dremel circle cutter

i think we're making straight cuts here......

ruger
11-03-2006, 09:34 PM
try one of these plastic measuring/level tool, its like 11 bucks for the 48" one.
measur and mark both sides of the mdf then clamp it down and use it as a guide.

http://www.johnsonlevel.com/levels_plastic.html

i got the neon green one and its the only thing i can find easy in my messy room hehh.

QtrHorse
11-03-2006, 10:18 PM
Get yourself one of these:

http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/507/saw1qs9.jpg
http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/4949/saw2nl7.jpg
http://img305.imageshack.us/img305/8475/saw3gj0.jpg

Add a couple sawhorses and clamps, and you have a portable panel saw :)

That is a very nice saw Jim, where did you get it from?

baseballer1100
11-04-2006, 10:18 AM
nooo!!! do this!!!

http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/2752/cut1fx9.jpg

http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/4985/cut2ow0.jpg

http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/3500/catnw4.jpg

This way is the way to go.

JimJ
11-04-2006, 10:29 AM
That is a very nice saw Jim, where did you get it from?

At a woodworking trade show that was here a couple years ago. Festool is a German company that has only one US distributor...and they basically only sell direct online, they haven't gone retail yet.

They make a bunch of stuff, but their circular saw is probably the coolest...the sander they make has a nice dust collection thing built into the drum, basically ***** the dust right off as you're sanding...

baseballer1100
11-04-2006, 10:33 AM
At a woodworking trade show that was here a couple years ago. Festool is a German company that has only one US distributor...and they basically only sell direct online, they haven't gone retail yet.

They make a bunch of stuff, but their circular saw is probably the coolest...the sander they make has a nice dust collection thing built into the drum, basically ***** the dust right off as you're sanding...

Do you have one of those?

60ndown
11-04-2006, 10:33 AM
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=festool&btnG=Google+Search

baseballer1100
11-04-2006, 10:34 AM
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=festool&btnG=Google+Search

Whats that for?

JimJ
11-04-2006, 10:35 AM
Do you have one of those?

Yup :)

baseballer1100
11-04-2006, 10:37 AM
**** your a lucky guy. better or worse then a tablesaw?

CBFryman2
11-04-2006, 10:39 AM
Use hte bord method. Or practice, or get one of thoes saws with the lazer line and look ahead instead of where the blade is at. This way corrections are minimal and gradual.

saywhat?
11-04-2006, 10:51 AM
that festool saw is absolutely amazing. but how do you keep it square? it still has to be squared manually?

JimJ
11-04-2006, 10:53 AM
it still has to be squared manually?

Yeah, you have to line up the guide...

I like it better than a table saw when making the first cuts on a 4x8 sheet, I don't know about you, but handling a full sheet through a table saw with only one or two roller stands is a major *****...with a circular saw you don't need to worry about the blade jamming up because the board suddenly goes out of whack.

saywhat?
11-04-2006, 10:55 AM
they need to come up with a 90 degree attachment for the front and rear edge of the guide. That would be a perfect setup if they did. I just bought a clamp that was like 70 bucks with the saw plate and I hate the saw plate. Maybe I will try it today, but its ****ing plastic.

QtrHorse
11-04-2006, 05:29 PM
Bye a sheetrock square.