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The best way to cut timber straight?
« on: August 08, 2004, 12:49:57 pm »
How does everyone here cut timber straight? I have a circuilar saw but don't have a fixed one with a work bench etc. I only have the saw and two stands to hold the wood. I am having a crap time cutting wood dead straight. Is there any tips you could give me?
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Re:The best way to cut timber straight?
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2004, 12:55:47 pm »
use a straight edge clamped to your board you are cutting.  ( I am assuming you are talking about long cuts, for short crosscuts, use a miter box).  You can use a long level, yardstick, length of steel (angle iron is good), or 2x4 (for wood, make sure to use the thinner dimension, as it is less likely to warp in that direction).  You have to figure out how far away from your cut line to clamp it down, for my circular saw its an extra 1 1/4", so I draw that second line the same time I mark the line I want to cut.  
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Re:The best way to cut timber straight?
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2004, 10:59:04 pm »
yeah you need a straight edge. You can buy these at any woodworking shop or sometimes at home supply store such as home depot. Else you can use a pice of wood that you know is straight but it may not be as manageable as something you go and buy.

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Re:The best way to cut timber straight?
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2004, 11:09:32 pm »
NOOOOOOOO!!!!
Don't cut up your Timber! Sell it to someone who will restore it!

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Re:The best way to cut timber straight?
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2004, 01:53:40 am »
NOOOOOOOO!!!!
Don't cut up your Timber! Sell it to someone who will restore it!

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Re:The best way to cut timber straight?
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2004, 04:51:59 am »
I thought of the same idea as that Sawboard. Trouble I had with it was that sometimes my saw would tip over a bit and cut into the sawboard. My circular saw is quite narrow and the blade is quite centered on the sole (so it tips over quite easily). The left side was supported by the "sawboard" and the right side was hanging free. To fix that you keep the bit they call "waste" and use that to support the saw on free hanging side. I have never had a crooked cut since.
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Re:The best way to cut timber straight?
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2004, 08:00:09 am »
DONT LISTEN TO HIM!

Mame it if you want... Try and make it so you can recreate it if needed... But its your Timber cab and you can do what you want.

You will have to drill a few holes to get some buttons (unless you want a timber and Tutikan cab).  Or you can just replace the cp with either a hotrod (brown + purple go GREAT together) or cut it out and build a giant cp over it http://jwz.livejournal.com/351759.html

but don't let those classic wackos scare you into not doing what you want with what you got!



and last... clamping a 2x4 and running your circular saws base against it works great.   Test it on another board to get exact sizes..  Then cut a 1x1 by the right size to what it actually cuts.  You will get close by just measuring the distance... but it's not really exact.  Measure a piece out and use it as a guide from that point on.  Makes clamping it down to the exact spot MUCH faster and more accurate.....  But finding a place for your guild so you don't have to create one every time is the hard part.

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Re:The best way to cut timber straight?
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2004, 04:31:18 am »
This is a pretty good article on choosing & using a circular saw.  Nice pictures too!

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/html/anniversary/toolguide/tools_part3.html


Edit - that first link didn't work, try this one.  You have to go to the 2nd paragraph (picture of circular saw) and click on the article.  That seems to work.
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Re:The best way to cut timber straight?
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2004, 08:55:08 am »
Here's an article on making a guide for straight cuts using a circular saw.  I've come across several articles in various woodworker magazines that use the same idea.

http://www.womeninwoodworking.com/tips/startingpoints7.cfm

Factory edges on plywood or mdf sheets are perfectly straight.  This is a really simple jig to make.
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Re:The best way to cut timber straight?
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2004, 09:02:53 am »
Thanks.  :D It would work well.
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Re:The best way to cut timber straight?
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2004, 09:03:22 am »
And another link on about the same thing:

http://members.aol.com/woodmiser1/sawbd.htm
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Re:The best way to cut timber straight?
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2004, 10:59:33 pm »
Kiss the circular saw good bye and get a router and a piece of angle iron.

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