Making a straight cut with a circular saw is nothing new for woodworkers. 

Instead of making the best cuts, the blade often wanders and deviates from the drawn pencil line. As a result, you are left with a skewed cut mark and a damaged wooden board in the worst-case scenario. This way, you end up wasting your effort, money, and, most importantly, good plywood.

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So, for your weekend project, it is essential to take note of a few steps that can help you cut straight with the help of a circular saw. Whether extending your current deck or renovating your bathroom, having straight cut wood is a must. To help you, we have designed this guide, highlighting the most crucial steps that you need to follow. 

So, without any more delay, let’s dive right in!

How To Cut Straight With A Circular Saw

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1. Clamp For Securing The Wooden Structure

Before working on the wooden piece and making proper cuts on them, you must prepare adequately. 

One of the most vital parts of the prep is to find clamps that can secure the wood in place. Otherwise, the wood will keep moving and prevent you from focusing on the actual part: cutting the wood straight. This is also a great time to measure and mark your wood so the cut is accurate.

However, things might be different if you are a seasoned pro. Then you might choose not to clamp the wood and cut it right away with the help of a circular saw. 

Even the board plays an important role in ensuring that the wood is held in place. Keep in mind that you should try to secure the wood unless you have great control over the cutting process. 

To prevent any risks, it is best to clamp it. Then you can rest assured that none of the cut marks will be out of line and won’t ruin your wooden workpiece. You will only have straight cuts and nothing else!

2. Learn How To Hold The Blade Right

  The kind of blade that comes with the circular saw determines how it should be used. Every blade is unique, and you need to understand how to operate them before starting work. 

From what we have seen, there are broadly two types of circular saw blades available on the market: right and left blades. These two types make working with circular saws easier for both righties and lefties. 

The left blades are better suited to the lefties and the right ones to the righties. When there is a blade well-suited to your hand type, there is no need to cross your hands. This ensures that the visibility is quite good, conveniently allowing you to follow the cutting line. 

3. Determining The Depth Of The Cut

Calculating the depth of your cut is one of the most important things you need to keep in mind for safety while cutting wood. For the cut to be straight and right, you must select the depth correctly. If you do not do that, the chances are that the cut won’t be straight and end up being skewed. 

Coming to your safety, the blade mustn’t protrude more than an inch from the wooden surface when you are working on it. If it protrudes more suddenly, there’s a good chance of you getting hurt. 

So, before you begin working, take your sweet time to clamp the board and adjust the depth. Unless you are happy with the adjustments, do not start working. 

4. Make Use Of A Saw Guide

If you are not a pro woodworker, it is pretty challenging to make straight cuts without taking the help of a circular saw guide. These are readily available on the market, and you can quickly get one from your local convenience store. 

When using a guide, you are not required to measure the wood manually, and neither do you have to draw a cut line. You have to adjust the saw guide on the wooden surface and modify the breadth and width according to your requirements. Once that is done, you have to cut along the lines for the best results. 

5. Avoiding Splinters

It is crucial to know the functioning of the blade first. Remember that the blade teeth move upward from below and finally into the wooden object. 

To avoid getting a messy splinter and prevent the good side of the wood from getting damaged, you must keep the good side facing down. That way, even when you cut across the wooden piece, there won’t be too many splinters on the surface. 

6. Use The Saw Blade At Good Speed

It would be best to let the blade gain full speed before using it on the wooden surface. If you start the circular saw and put it on the wooden surface to cut, the chances are that it will drag through the material. And that would create a complete mess of your project. 

It is advisable to switch on the device and let it come to its full speed before cutting it. This way, you can rest assured that the cuts will be clean and not skewed. 

7. Safety Is The Best Policy

There is no denying that making straight cuts is essential to give your project a beautiful touch. However, there’s nothing more important than safety. 

To ensure that you do not do anything unsafe, ensure that you read the circular saw safety protocols well. You are also getting protective gear to wear during the process, like gloves and goggles. 

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Let’s Cut Straight To It!

With that, we have reached the end of this comprehensive guide. 

By now, you must have understood how you can use a circular saw to make a perfectly straight cut with just a little effort. You also need to follow the steps mentioned in this guide to ensure that your saw cut is not skewed. 

Thank you for reading this article. If you have anything that you would like to add or have any questions, please reach out to us. We are professional and licensed builders in Sydney

And keep a watch on this space for more exciting reads. 

Until next time!

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