How To Use Circular Saw for Woodworking?
Are you thinking of replacing your saw with a more advanced one?
An advanced saw that would be powerful and portable. Then a good suggestion would be the popular power tool ‘a circular saw‘. No doubt, this would be the good choice for woodworking.
The circular saw runs by power. It has a toothed disc or blade that rapidly rotates. At the center of the disc, there is a nut to hold the blade in place. It has two handles at the front and rear. The rear handle has safety switch and the trigger.
The front handle is for stability while cutting, the baseplate will set the depth and angle of the cut and guards (upper and lower) for protecting the blade when it left sitting on the ground as well as operator’s safety from touching the blade during spinning.
The lower guard will automatically retract while cutting (you can even retract the guard manually by using the lever for some special cut). Circular saw comes in both right and left-handed models. Learn the uses of a circular saw for woodworking.
What Should You Do When Using Circular Saw For WoodWorking:
A circular saw is mighty powerful but humble to its job for its lightness and portability. This Indispensable machine can be used to build almost all kind of things at job site.
It is capable of making a straight cut into would rip, cross cuts, miters, bevels and even doors. It can cut sheet goods like plywood without almost any complications.
Even with special blades, it can cut curved shapes. We can also keep this portable power tool in our home toolbox for mending things.
Suppose you want to make a wooden railing to protect your little child falling off stairs, you can build it as fast as you can or wood fences outside your house as a boundary or your own homemade table and what not!
Although this power tool is best known for woodworking still it has different blades for non-wood materials. All it needs is just to select the blades and using it to cut wood even non-materials. Learn some good ways to use a circular saw safely and effectively for woodworking.
Circular Saw Safety
Circular saw one of the dangerous power tools when you are irresponsible about it. Whether you at home workshop or at a professional construction site, The instructions should be maintained properly in order to eliminate injuries or accidents. Make sure to read the manual guide before operating the saw. Your workplace is clean, check power cord is properly plugged in, the guard is operating properly, the switches are free, blades are sharped, and you wear safety glasses for every single cut and for a lot of cuts hearing protection too. A circular saw also makes sawdust like other power tools so wearing mask will be a good idea.
Check your blades
Your saw depends on the blades. If you want quality cuts then make sure you purchase perfect smooth sized blades. Five and a half, seven and a quarter and nine and a quarter are some kind common sizes. Never use rusty damaged blades. Find blades that give perfect cuts in any wood. It smoothly goes through various types of metal, ceramic tile, bricks, stone, and concrete and even through plastic. All you need is changing the blade for each use.
Prepare blade depth before working
There is a depth adjustment lever. So, before pulling the saw’s trigger on a wood board decide the depth of the blade and hold it close to the side of the board retracting the guard. Then tight less the depth adjusting lever and turn the base plate until the blade covers 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Don’t let the blade cover too deep, covering to deep could be hazardous even dangerous. Then tighten the lever and then start.
Using tapes to avoid splinter
One good way to avoid splinter while cutting is using painter’s tapes. Apply tapes across the wood (from the point you are going to start your cut) then mark the cutting line by using a scale.
Let the cut off piece/waste fall freely
When you are cutting the wood, the wasted part of the wood should fall freely. It shouldn’t be supported. Supporting the wasted timber might cause a kickback problem.
Stand off to one side to cut wood
Don’t stand just directly behind the wood. Stand off to one side or other. If you stand directly behind and if all of a sudden your board pinches the saw then it might jump up toward you. This is hazardous plus dangerous!
Check your board is clean
Of course, you need a clean board. Make sure the board doesn’t have any nails inside. Even one simple tiny nail can damage your blades and screwed up your whole plan.
A hack for the rip cut
Table saw is a good choice for ripping a timber. But what if you dont have a table saw? Still, you can make rip cut with your circular saw, except if the board isn’t that wide.
Put the board on the sawhorse (stand) and drive the nails on each side of the board. After when it is done remove the nails. In order to avoid damages on the board, use finish nails.
Work without sawhorses
When you are looking for a heavy piece of timber to cut you can do it without any stands. Just mark with a scale where you want to start and then simply rest the board on your toe leaning against your shin and then cut. But be careful that you have worn heavy boots and the distance about the cut.
Start again if you are out of track
Cutting straight cut might be easy. But if ever you are out of track then stop the machine. Dont start from the same line make one another new line, then start again.