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    Getting straight cuts

    I'm having trouble getting-lined cuts for my boxes. Lowes or home depot doesn't cut them exactly to size like I need them, sometimes I have a 1/16" gap between the pieces when I put the box together. My question basically is how do I get perfect cuts?



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    Re: Getting straight cuts

    Steady hand, and ALWAYS account for blade width...




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    Re: Getting straight cuts

    With a skill saw? Get two clamps and a long level. Measure how far it is from the blade to the outside of the saw base. Usually it is 1 1/2 inches. Subtract that from your measurement and clamp the level there and use it as a saw guide.



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    Re: Getting straight cuts

    Quote Originally Posted by alvitae View Post
    With a skill saw? Get two clamps and a long level. Measure how far it is from the blade to the outside of the saw base. Usually it is 1 1/2 inches. Subtract that from your measurement and clamp the level there and use it as a saw guide.
    I was going to do that but found out we didn't have any clamps. The cuts we bad.



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    Re: Getting straight cuts

    Patience.

    Or spend some money.Table saw,guides,ect.



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    Re: Getting straight cuts

    i bought a cheap table saw and it does pretty good, but still need to take time and measure it out, draw straight lines and like said above account for blade.



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    Re: Getting straight cuts

    Other than a saw guide or table saw the only other way is to have spend 16 years with a saw in your hand like I have as a carpenter I think.



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