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Is there a way in which I can make shallow-angled bevel cuts using my circular saw?

I am wanting to create something such as this: enter image description here

I have seen this Youtube video, but I'm not entirely sure what is going on.

I am very aware that this is relatively easy using a table saw and a vertical jig, however I do not have access to something like this :-(

  • I immediately thought of how cavalier we used to be about radial arm saws. youtu.be/AHRwN99fGCY – jdv Jan 17 at 15:20
  • More seriously, that video link you provide shows how a track saw can be used to make a bevel cut. So, yeah. If you have a track saw, or can turn your saw into a track saw using a home-built or store-bought jig, you might be able to do this. – jdv Jan 17 at 15:21
  • Are you seeking to do this on a regular basis or just for a current project? There are other ways of approaching the problem than sawing. Especially if you're only bevelling long-grain surfaces this is bread and butter work for hand planes. – Graphus Jan 18 at 7:45
  • @Graphus - This would be a one off for the time being, and this would be done on the MDF project we have spoken about before :-) – physicsboy Jan 18 at 11:27
  • It occurs to me we should ask how you intend to use these bevels. Is it just decorative or a feature, or are you using it as a gluing edge? It matter because the former can allow for a lot of variation, while the latter will need to be more precise. – jdv Jan 18 at 20:36
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As you're likely aware, cutting beyond the 45° limit of the saw can be challenging. It's necessary to think more vertically than usual.

Consider to build a fence that includes a 90° bracket along the entire length (or as needed to provide stiffness) that will permit you to place the angle as desired:

90° fence build

Blade represented in red, circular saw plate is yellow, vertical work placement allows for single light blue cleat, while horizontal work placement requires additional darker blue cleat.

Picture the circular saw running along the top of the image with the blade set to match the desired bevel and depth. If the bracket is the right width (narrow enough), it could be used as the guide fence for the circular saw by attaching an additional guide piece to the underside of the saw.

If the work piece is too large to be vertical and the guide bracket is cut narrow enough, the attachment to the circular saw could be L-shaped and hook over the back side of the bracket.

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  • How would this fence be used? I think the OP said they don't have a table saw. – jdv Jan 17 at 18:01

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