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Questions tagged [circular-saw]

About uses and techniques, features to look for etc.

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Best circular saw and drill

I am about to buy my first tools! I am considering getting a circular saw and a drill and am looking for: recommendations of what features I should pay attention to? something that would be suitable ...
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Protective clothing for circular saws? [closed]

What protective clothing (upper body, lower body, and footwear) should I wear for circular saws? Regarding lower body, I read that chainsaw Kevlar chaps stop safety-spec-conforming gas-powered (but ...
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Why don't we use cross cut discs for all cuts? [duplicate]

Most circular saws, at least low and mid ends, come with low/medium quality rip cut discs. They work decent when doing rip cuts but show their limits when doing cross cuts. A lot of tear out on some ...
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Using a larger blade in a table saw (circular saw)

I am making my own table saw from a circular saw. While designing the lift cradle and box surround and my ex-circular saw which will be stripped down. So it will not have the guard. My saw while made ...
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Cross cutting narrow stock using a track saw

I have (very) limited working space and I intend buying a track saw in order to do rip cuts, cross cuts, beveled cuts. I cannot fit a table saw unfortunately. I was wondering, can I cross cut 2x4s ...
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What are the holes in a circular saw rip fence intended for

I have a rip fence on my circular saw similar to the one here. What are the holes for? Can I add a longer piece of metal / wood to extend the fence? Wouldn't that then make the measurements on the ...
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Curved stairway re-do

newbie here. I'm about to tackle rebuilding the 180 degree curved, plywood/carpeted stairs in my home with solid 3/4" oak treads and painted hardboard risers. My question has to do with cutting the ...
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5000rpm vs 5500rpm circular saw [closed]

I’m looking to purchase a circular saw and I’ve narrowed it down to two, A Ryobi that is 1250w that spins at 5000 rpm and a Bosch saw that is 1400w that spins at 5500rpm, The question I am asking is ...
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My circular saw won't cut straight [duplicate]

My circular saw, Riobi, tracks to the left. Even with a guide clamped to the work piece I can't cut a straight line. What's up with that?
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Choosing a saw for oak worktop, considering future usefulness

I've got a few cuts to make on some (large) offcuts of 40mm oak worktop. They are all straight, each cut up to 60cm long, from one side of the piece to the other. while this is technically within spec ...
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Panel Glue up Question

I apologize for this elementary question, but I'm just getting started with woodworking. I'm working on my first panel glue up - made of 1x6 walnut. I'm wondering how "square" the edges of the planks ...
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Circular saw warping, binding, and wavy cuts

Fairly new to woodworking here. I bought a dirt cheap 13 amp $40 Ryobi from Home Depot, and I've used it for certain things successfully, like cutting 4x8 1/2" plywood pretty straight. Lately I've ...
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4'x8' length cut - circular saw, table saw, or panel saw?

I'm a complete amateur trying to turn an old 14 wide x 22 long single car garage into a wood shop. Nobody in my immediate family or friends does any serious woodworking, but I do have some family ...
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What is the difference between a worm and sidewinder drive circular saws?

I didn't even know this was a thing. Then I read comments in this question Worm drive saws are long and unwieldy for all but the burliest of men. I found them a real pain to work with. A Makita is ...
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How should I cut a sheet of plywood for easy re-joining?

I have 2 sheets of plywood approx 6ft x 18" x 3/4" and my plan is to use them as bench tops in a shed. I need to cut them cross ways so they fit in my car for transportation. What is the best way to ...
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Can a track saw make glue-ready surfaces?

I have a worm drive circular saw that I have converted to a track saw using the EZSmart system. It's no Festool but it does okay. A few passes with a jointer plane is usually all I need to make a glue-...
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How to make a louver vent in a board?

I'm planning to make a couple of houses for owls and bats around my property to help control vermin. I've been looking on youtube.com at the owl houses and being one of those people who tend to go a ...
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Does circular saw diameter bear on anything but maximum cut depth?

Assuming we're talking about sliding miter saws, or table saws, does one select a blade diameter purely to maximize the potential depth of cut? Or are there other benefits to larger blade diameters ...
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How to sharpen a circular saw or mitre saw blade

I got a mitre saw second hand and I am not sure how long it was in service for. I don't want to just buy a 12 inch blade as they can be expensive. Ultimately, I will have to purchase one at some point....
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How to make a long shallow cut on a narrow piece of wood with a circular saw

I am using 5.5 inch wide cedar fence board as lapboard style siding on a chicken coop. The roof is a ~22 degrees shed style roof. I'm having trouble making the long cuts which touch the roof. The one ...
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How do I know it's time to replace my circular saw blade?

I only use my table saw and circular saw, both with ripping blades, a few times a year. How can I tell when it's time to replace them? I imagine I'm not going to lose them to wear, but then again, ...
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How can I prevent tearout of plywood when cutting it with a circular saw? [duplicate]

Note: This question was closed as a duplicate because plywood and veneer both have similar issues when being cut with a circular saw. Hopefully the answers in both questions can help out. When using ...
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How do I prevent chipping when cutting a veneered counter top with a circular saw?

I bought a fake butcher block counter from Ikea which is really a veneer over particle board. No matter how I cut it, I can't seem avoid slight chips in the veneer. I'm using a 7 1/4" circular saw ...