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.

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