Slick Circular Saw Crosscut Guide

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Project by Bricofleur posted 10-20-2013 01:40 PM 6924 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I got my free Hitachi 15A circular saw from Air Miles I made this crosscut guide at once. Only three scraps are required for this handy jig that will save me time and give me the accuracy I want.

The build is straight forward. Adding paste wax under the aluminum base plate as well as on the path of the saw, it’ll be the jig I’ll reach for to cut lumber.

Find more photos and all construction details on this page of my blog.

Thanks for looking!



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 10-20-2013 02:20 PM

Nice work Serge. Hopa all is well havent chatted with you in a while…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 10-20-2013 02:33 PM

nice serge
good for the quick crosscut
with the stop under

i got these on a trip to california years ago
aluminum track with slots for screws to slide the base
as it gets cut up some
got 1 – 4’ and 1 – 8’
never seen them again
they could be made with an aluminum plate and a masonite base
or just both from 1/4” masonite or ply
the base can be replaced (as in this one where there is no more adjustment

make the base wider
so you can clamp it out of the motor housing way
i drilled some screw holes if i don’t use the clamps
especially for the 8’ where i don’t want any deflection
in the middle of the cut
but wider parts could solve that
i have made one 12’ long
for doing triangle sunburst cuts
on 10’ boards

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 10-20-2013 02:38 PM

Thanks Ken. You’re right, it’s been a while. Almost everyday I remind myself the phrase of your signature and I convince myself there are worst situations than mine. I hope all is well on your side!



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#4 posted 10-20-2013 02:48 PM

Thanks David. You got the high-end model as I can see. Yours have great features like the slot to reset the fence when the base gets narrower. As you mentioned, mine is dedicated for quick crosscuts. The best is that you just gave me an idea to modify the store bought 8’ aluminum straight edge I acquired decades ago in a way that it could be adjustable like yours. Thanks!



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#5 posted 10-20-2013 05:19 PM

Good, simple idea Serge, and simple is always best.
I use little router jigs based on the same concept.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 10-20-2013 05:28 PM

Hello Serge

Another good idea as usual

Simple and effective

All we love is making jigs and another one and again a new jig and …......

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#7 posted 10-20-2013 05:38 PM

Clever idea! That will be very handy. I have an 8 foot long one that I use for cutting down sheet goods, but mine is not as well built as yours.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#8 posted 10-21-2013 04:08 AM

Very nice jig, in fact, it should be every man’s jig in workshop.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 12-13-2013 09:46 PM

Really fine one Serge.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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