Secrets Techniques on Using Circular Saws

It is essential for a woodworker to have a portable circular saw but be careful; it is quite dangerous and can inflict serious injury if not handled properly. However, to improve your skill and the scope of your projects, it is important to learn methods on how to cut properly. Here are some tips you could follow.

Blade Check

The blade’s condition is very important. Damaged, defective, rusty and dull blade will result into failure and even serious injuries. The quality of the cutting process depends on the condition of the blade. We recommend that you use thin-kerf carbide tipped combination blades which can be used for crosscuts and ripped cuts in solid wood and plywood. Don’t forget to adjust the saw depth of the cut so the blade extends no more than ¼ inches past the board edge. Be sure to unplug the cord or the battery removed for safety purposes.

Saw Inspection

It is important for woodworkers to check on the condition of the saw before trying to cut. Make sure that your guards retracts smoothly and snap backs when release. Check the blade for broken teeth and replace the blade if there’s any damage. Make sure that your power cord is without cracks and if you’re using a cordless saw, make sure that the battery has been charged. Remember to unplug or remove the power supply before changing materials or the blade itself.

Cutting Accurate Cross Cuts

Making cross cuts with a circular saw is pretty easy if you use a layout square as a guide. Hold the saw in place with its blade right on the cut line. Then slide the square against the saw’s base plate and press it tightly against the edge of the board. Check the blade and make sure that it isn’t contacting the board and squeeze the trigger and allow the saw to reach full speed. Now simply guide the saw to produce the clean cut.

Saw Positioning

Whenever you are cutting, we advise that you position the saw with its motor facing towards the larger section of the board that isn’t falling when cutting. That way, the saw’s base plate will be supported throughout the cut.

Binding Prevention

When paneling or cutting plywood, it is important that you eliminate dangerous kickbacks when the blade gets pinched in the cut. Place 2x4s under the sheets you are cutting spacing one 2x4 close to each side of the cut line. Then when you make the cut, both of the halves of the plywood will be supported by the 2x4 throughout the cutting process.