This is the 'Simplest to Make' Free Woodworking Jigs Plans for Sawing Boards.
Usually when cutting with a circular saw, you would use a straight edge to draw a line on your board, and then try to keep your saw blade from wavering from that line while you cut.
The SECRET of the free woodworking jigs plans we are going to show you, is that you will be CUTTING with a straight edge, instead of drawing along a straight edge.
It makes sense, doesn't it, that your cuts would be more accurate?
You will be focusing on the left side of your circular saw staying in contact with the jig. You won't be watching the saw blade.
Even though you will want to wear safety glasses every time you use your saw, by using this jig, your face and eyes will be farther away from the saw blade.
It makes sense, doesn't it, that using this jig would be safer than free-handing a cut.
This circular saw cutting jig is the "Simplest to Make" for cutting boards up to 12" wide.
We also show you the "Simplest to Use" free woodworking jigs plans for sawing boards up to 12" wide.
If you are needing to cut plywood, or other 4' X 8' sheets, check out the jigs designed for just that purpose.
So Let's Start With the "Simplest to Make" Board Cutting Jig.
This circular saw cutting jig consists of 2 pieces:
- a 12 inch long piece of wood that will be your cutting edge, which we call your "straight edge"; and
- a rectangle that will be made to specifically fit your circular saw, which we will call your "jig board".
First, Make the 12 Inch Straight Edge.
Any 12 inch piece of scrap wood will do, AS LONG AS IT IS STRAIGHT. If you don't have a piece of scrap wood, cut a 2 inch wide strip from the factory edge of plywood. Color the factory edge with a Sharpie marker, so you will always know which edge to line up.
Next, Make the Rectangle Using Your Straight Edge.
The width of the jig board rectangle will be the measurement from the left edge of your saw blade to the left edge of the saw plate.
The best way to get that width is to clamp your straight edge to the jig board you will be using for your rectangle. This straight edge should be about 6 inches to the left of the right end of the scrap.
Use a speed square, or other type of square, to check that your straight edge is at right angles to your the board you will be cutting.
Make a dark pencil line along the straight edge unto the jig board.
Then align the left side of your saw plate along your straight edge, and carefully cut the right end of your jig board off.
The next step is to cut your jig board along the dark pencil line you made earlier. You will need to free-hand this cut, by following the saw blade as it cuts along the pencil line.
When you are done cutting, double check that your rectangular jig board is absolutely the same width from top to bottom.
If it isn't, try again. If it is straight, mark it with the name of your saw, as this jig will work with only that saw.
You have made your first circular saw cutting jig!
How To Use This "Simplest to Make" Circular Saw Cutting Jig.
Mark the spot where you want to cut a board for your wood working project. Take the jig board, and place it along the left side of your mark. Then lay your straight edge along the left side of your jig board. Clamp your straight edge in place.
Next, if you have a wide board, move your jig board to the mark at the bottom of the wide board. Line the jig board to your mark; move the straight edge so it is on the left side of the jig board; and clamp the straight edge in place.
Remove your jig board. Make sure your clamps are tightly in place on your straight edge. Place your circular saw along your straight edge. Carefully make your cut, keeping your focus on guiding the saw plate to stay next to the straight edge. As you do, your saw blade will be cutting along the marks you had made.
Getting accurate cuts with this circular saw cutting jig will make the next steps of your wood working project easier!
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