Circular Saw Woodworking Tips

Woodworking Tips for Getting The Most Out of Your Circular Saw

A circular saw is an absolute necessity for a carpenter on a construction site, but there are a number of uses for a circular saw in fine woodworking projects as well. For instance, when used with a straight-edge, a circular saw can cut sheet goods such as plywood as accurately (and with more ease) than a table saw. With special blades, a circular saw can even be used to cut curved shapes. Learn how a circular saw can be used on your fine woodworking projects. 

  • 01 of 07
    Circular Saw
    Circular Saw. (c) 2010 Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.

    While the table saw is probably the most useful power tool for a woodworker, for a carpenter on a job site, the most useful power tool would probably be the circular saw. A quality circular saw can be used for a wide variety of tasks both on a job site and in the wood shop, as the same tool can cross-cut and rip boards, both square to the face and at bevels of up to 45 degrees. Here are some tips to consider when choosing a circular saw.

  • 02 of 07

    Circular Saw Measuring Jig

    Using a Circular Saw Jig
    Using a Circular Saw Jig. (c) 2010 Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.

    When working in your shop, your table saw is always at the ready for making a variety of cuts quickly and easily. If you are on a construction site, you don't have that luxury. You can, however, make a considerable number of similar cuts on a job site using a circular saw, a straight edge, and a circular saw jig. In this guide, learn how to make a circular saw measuring jig that will let you align your straight-edge to make precision circular saw cuts quickly and easily.

  • 03 of 07
    Cross-Cut & Panel Cutting Jig
    Cross-Cut & Panel Cutting Jig. (c) 2010 Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The main purpose of a woodworking jig is to make a difficult task easier, safer or easily repeatable. While many commercial woodworking jigs are available on the market, a number of woodworking jigs can be built in the woodshop. Two very useful homemade jigs are used for panel cutting and ripping boards using a circular saw. By following the step-by-step how-to instructions in this article, you can make these jigs and use them on your woodworking projects.

  • 04 of 07
    A Variety of Saw Blades
    A Variety of Saw Blades. (c) 2010 Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.

    There are a variety of different saw blades available for the circular saw. Some are specialty blades, designed for cutting a specific type of wood (such as plywood), while other blades are more general in nature, designed to cut nearly any kind of wood (called combination blades). While combination blades do a respectable job for most tasks, choosing the right specific blade for a particular cut will produce better results. Learn about the different types of circular saw blades available (and...MORE the advantages and disadvantages of each) in this article.

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  • 05 of 07
    Various Saw Blades
    Various Saw Blades. (c) 2010 Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.

    One question I occasionally hear from beginning woodworkers is asking how many teeth per inch (TPI) their saw blades should have the best cuts on their woodworking projects. Well, the answer is a little more complicated than that, but it doesn't have to be. Learn the basics of choosing the proper blades to make any cut required by your woodworking plans.

     

  • 06 of 07
    Final Cut Circular Saw Blade
    Final Cut Circular Saw Blade. (c) 2010 Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Final Cut Saw Blade, available in 7-1/4 inch, 10-inch and 12-inch sizes, is a patented saw blade with a sanding disk attached to each side of the blade. This provides a few benefits: the cut is sanded as it is cut, kerf marks are sanded and kick back is nearly eliminated. In this woodworking review, learn about our test of the 7-1/4 inch Final Cut Circular Saw Blade.

  • 07 of 07

    ARCUS Blade and Guide System Review

    ARCUS Blade and Guide System
    ARCUS Blade and Guide System. (c) 2010 Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Is it possible to make a precise curved cut using a circular saw? The ARCUS Blade and Guide System is designed to help you do just that. The ARCUS is a curved circular saw blade and the corresponding Guide System is a clamp that attaches to your circular saw to act much like a compass, with the circular saw revolving around a center point to cut an arc. Does it work? Read this woodworking review to find out!