View Full Version : straight cutting

04-06-2003, 08:49 PM
I m trying to make my box, and i got a spiral saw. but i gotta cut straight sides you know, and it seems kinda hard to get a perfectly straigth edge.
any suggestions or tips to cut a straight edge? thanks

04-06-2003, 08:58 PM
I use cutting guides to cut a straight edge. I couldn't
cut straight if my life depended on it!

They are aluminum straight edges that you
can ride the edge of the saw against to get a straight cut.

You simply clamp them on the wood then cut.
You can get them at LOWE'S or Home Depot or
some local hardware store.

04-06-2003, 11:34 PM
are you talking about a circular saw? either way, a simple jig works very nicley, I have a table saw and a radial arm, but jig a lot of my work just because i find it easy.....pick up those aluminum straight edges and decent set of rubber clamps --should be fine.

04-07-2003, 12:41 AM
wouldn't the bit be touching the aluminum thing n mess up the bit or create sparks?

04-07-2003, 12:55 AM
there's a flat square base on my circular saw.
The edge of the base rides against the guide.
Not the blade.

04-07-2003, 01:42 PM
make a fence,and clamp it down

04-08-2003, 01:23 PM
The saw (should) have a plate that rides along the wood as you cut. Put that edge against the fence (after distances are accurately measured. (measure twice, cut once)) and cut away.

You could also find someone w/ a table saw, and use it. Or, the Home Depot will cut it for you, if all else fails.

04-08-2003, 01:28 PM
Home Depot always ****s my sht up, do it your self

04-08-2003, 02:04 PM
yah, i asked HD to do a few rips for me, and they totally F'ed it up.