Trying to make a straight cut with a circular saw but ending up with a skewed cut 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. 

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 you are extending your current deck or renovating your bathroom, having straight cut wood is a must. In order 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 you start working on the wooden piece and make proper cuts on them, it is essential that you prepare properly. 

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. 

Now, even the board plays an important role in ensuring that the wood is held in place. Just keep in mind that unless you have great control over the cutting process, you should try to secure the wood first. 

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

How to use a circular saw correctly depends on the kind of blade it comes with. 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 are there to make it easier for both righties and lefties to work with circular saws. 

It goes without saying that the left blades are better suited to the lefties and the right ones to the righties. When there is a blade that is well-suited to your hand type, there is no need to cross your hands. This ensures that the visibility is quite good, thereby allowing you to conveniently follow the cutting line. 

3. Determining The Depth Of The Cut

To be honest, this is one of the most important things that you need to keep in mind for safety while cutting wood. For the cut to be straight and right, it is essential that you 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 easily 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. All you have to do is adjust the saw guide on the wooden surface and modify the breadth and the width according to your requirements. Once that is done, you just have to cut along the lines for the best results. 

5. Avoiding Splinters

To avoid this dicey situation, it is crucial to know the functioning of the blade first. Always remember that the blade teeth move upward from below and finally into the wooden object. 

In order to avoid getting a messy splinter and prevent the good side of the wood from getting damaged, it is essential that you 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 is best that you let the blade gain full speed before using it on the wooden surface. If you just start the circular saw and put it on the wooden surface to make a cut, the chances are that it will drag through the material. And that would create a complete mess of your project. 

To avoid situations like this, it is advisable to switch on the device and let it come to its full speed before using it to make a cut. 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 end up doing anything unsafe, make sure that you read the circular saw safety protocols well. Also, getting protective gear to wear during the process, like gloves and goggles, is pretty important. 

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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. It is also true that you need to follow the steps that we have mentioned in this guide to ensure that your saw cut is not skewed. 

Thank you for reading this article. In case you have anything that you would like to add or have any questions, feel free to reach out to us in the comments section below. And keep a watch on this space for more exciting reads. 

Until next time, fare thee well!

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