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How to Make a Circular-Saw Guide

Cutting straight lines with a circular saw can be a challenge. A saw guide can solve that problem.

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make a circular saw guide
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Cut the Plywood

Cut the 3/4" plywood or hardwood to a width of 12" for the guide's fence.

Cut the 1/4" plywood to the exact length of the fence.

cut plywood to exact length of fence

Step 2: Attach the Fence

Attach the fence perpendicular to the bottom of the 1/4" plywood, using a power drill and screws. If the screws protrude, file or sand them down to protect your hands.

attach the fence

Step 3: Cut off Excess Plywood, and Secure the Guide

Any plywood that extends more than 6" to the right of the fence is excess material. Cut it off with the circular saw.

Screw or clamp the finished guide in place before using it.

cut off excess plywood and secure guide