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Beat tear-out in 3 ways
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An unsupported cut incurs bad
tear-out.
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Covering the top face with masking
tape helps.
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Clean cuts like this make projects
look best.

Beat tear-out in 3 ways

Because a circular-saw blade cuts on an upward rotation, the bottom face, in which the teeth enter the cut, will almost always have a clean, tear-out-free surface. Meanwhile, the top face suffers tear-out so bad it cannot be used in a visible area on a project. (See the three photos at right for different degrees of grain tear-out.) So whenever possible, put the best face down when cutting. When you must cut with the best face up, use one of these tips to make your workpiece edges look like the one in the best photo.


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