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Nix inaccurate fence with hardboard template

Nix inaccurate fence with hardboard template

When making cuts with a portable circular saw, setting the distance from the straightedge to the edge of the baseplate often takes time and multiple measurements. To simplify this procedure, rip a hardboard template as wide as the distance from the edge of the baseplate to the inside edge of the saw blade. Then, crosscut the hardboard to the length of the saw's baseplate.

To use the template, place one edge on the cut mark of the workpiece, slide the straightedge for your circular saw snug to the other edge, and clamp. Repeat this procedure at the other cut mark. You also can make these templates for a jigsaw or a router and straight bit.

-- Dave Bovey, Simi Valley, Calif.


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Comments (5)
saarf wrote:

Great solution that I have been using. However, if the other dimension of the block is cut the same measurment, plus the thickness of the blade you are using, the block can then be used so the saw blade will cut on either side of the mark, depending on which is the good piece.

7/29/2010 03:40:11 PM Report Abuse
wa123lb wrote:

Because I don't have a jointer, I've been using this method for a number of years using a router with a 1/2" straight bit to do my jointing.

7/29/2010 01:18:41 PM Report Abuse
forester 4 wrote:

fwf I have used this method for years. I also make a teplate for cutting to the outside of the blade s in some cases you need to use the opposite side of the blade.

7/29/2010 12:34:21 PM Report Abuse
rdkaldahl wrote:

This is the system I use too. However I use my level as a straight edge. The level is straight and handy.

7/29/2010 10:17:53 AM Report Abuse
r boehm wrote:

I like this idea much better than making a full length fence as the original tip suggested. While that works, it meant I had to store an additional 8' straightedge in my shop. I would make one suggestion, make two of the short templates so you can place one at each end of the cut line. If you use just one, you can alter the first clamped setting as you swing the straightedge into place at the other end.

7/29/2010 09:54:50 AM Report Abuse

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