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#1 posted 01-18-2009 05:23 PM

I use a homemade circular saw guide whose edge references the actual blade cut. Having that, it’s a simple job of laying out the cut lines and then clamping the guide dead-on before making the cut. With a deep cut such as you have, I always make a shallow scoring cut before going full depth in order to circumvent any chip-out. If you go this way, make sure your circular saw is tuned, that the blade is sharp and that you’re making a cut that’s square to the table top.

I used this method on my bench top which is 3 inches thick, but I made housed tenons for a breadboard end-cap instead of leaving the end grain exposed.

Good luck.


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