Tips on Using Cutting Guides

Cutting a long piece of wood can be difficult unless you have a great tool to assist you. Check out these guides that can make getting the perfect cut easy.
level is handy for making perfectly straight cuts

level is handy for making perfectly straight cuts

Figure A

Level

A level can be of great help. Line it up so that the saw blade is in the right area. Clamp it into place and you'll have a good solid surface for the saw bed to ride along.

Tru-Grip Guide and Clamp

cutting guide and clamp will make job easier

cutting guide and clamp will make job easier

Tru-Grip Clamp and Guide

Line the tool up on the cutting surface and make sure the cutting blade is where you want it. Slide the clamp into place, lock it down and cut. This particular tool will allow you to make cuts up to 50 inches long.

Plunge-Cut Saw and Mobile Dust Extractor

plunge cut saw and mobile dust extractor is unique

plunge cut saw and mobile dust extractor is unique

Figure B

This cutting guide is unique because it comes with its own saw and dust-collection system. Expensive (approximately $750 purchased together) and high-end, this unit has a number of great features:

  • It slides down into the wood so you can make a plunge cut.
  • It slides smoothly along its aluminum track.
  • The blade can pivot, which allows you to make up to a 45-degree bevel cut right at the edge of the guide.
  • It has a proprietary clamping system that holds the guide in place.

Keep Reading

Next Up

9 Tips for Buying Used Woodworking Tools

Getting second-hand tools is a great way to get good tools and save some dough.

Tips for Using Fasteners as Temporary Joints

Knock-down fasteners create temporary joints for furniture. They long have been used on projects ranging from store-bought bookcases to decks.

Tips on Using a Spokeshave

Spokeshaves can be used to shape chair spindles and round surfaces. Use these tips to make the most effective cuts.

Using a Roller Stand and Outfeed Table

Follow these tips for creating a support system for long pieces of wood.

Using Levels

Learn about the different types of levels and how to use them.

Using a Reciprocating Saw

DIY experts discuss the various types of reciprocating saws and the jobs for which they are best suited.

Tips on Choosing Wrenches

Wrenches are basic tools for every workshop, and different kinds are designed for specific jobs. Here are some tips for choosing the right wrench.

Power Hand-Planer Basics

Handheld planers are designed to smooth the surface of wood. The manual handheld planer is good for smaller projects, but for larger ones, a power planer does the job in a lot less time.

Band-Saw Basics

When making carefully crafted parts for furniture or cutting the same design into several pieces of wood at once, the band saw is the tool of choice -- and one of the most versatile tools available.

Tips on Choosing the Right Router

Follow these tips from DIY experts and it'll be easy to choose and use a router.

Get Social With Us

We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.

Consult Our A-Z Guide

Everything You Need to Know

Browse a full list of topics found on the site, from accessories to mudrooms to wreaths.  

How-To Advice and Videos

Get video instructions about kitchens, bathrooms, remodeling, flooring, painting and more.

Watch DIY Downloads Now

Watch DIY Network LIVE

Don't miss your favorite shows in real time online.