a simple jig for cutting panels

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Bob #2 posted 09-26-2007 07:51 PM 1293 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Bob #2's profile

Bob #2

3810 posts in 4505 days

09-26-2007 07:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: circular saw panel jig angled cuts

I came across this method of skidding a circular saw a few years back and have used a 50” and a 98” jig since then for knocking down sheet stock without too much trouble.
One day I was faced with a nasty cut on an angle that had to be relatively accurate and I decided to use this slider again.
As you can see I set the board in place with C clamps and just push the saw along the straight edge and on the masonite backing. ( the c clamps are modified with round wood handles making them easier to set.
It’s the easiest solution I have found.
I know you can buy the aluminum rails for this but they dont support your saw on a smooth surface the way this does.
ps. You can lay out a 2” sheet of styrofoam on your saw table top to cut against so the blade will clear the table . A $10.00 sheet will last a long time



-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

8 replies so far

View mot's profile


4926 posts in 4520 days

#1 posted 09-26-2007 08:04 PM

Nice! In my father’s shop there is an old plywood jig of the same design that he’s been using since I was a sparkle in my mamma’s margarita.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

View WayneC's profile


14358 posts in 4580 days

#2 posted 09-26-2007 08:17 PM

Great jig Bob. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

View Tony's profile


993 posts in 4513 days

#3 posted 09-26-2007 09:35 PM

Nice one Bob – I was using this method for a long time, until I got my Festool Circular saw – Now I use their jig, but it on the same priniciple – only costs more!!!!!!

PS. Answered your question about the stools by the way

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

View Thos. Angle's profile

Thos. Angle

4444 posts in 4445 days

#4 posted 09-26-2007 09:39 PM

Yep, got one 8 feet long and one 56” long. Never far away.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

View Bob #2's profile

Bob #2

3810 posts in 4505 days

#5 posted 09-27-2007 12:59 AM

The reason I brought it up again was for the younger gals and guys who hav just joined us.
A simple thing like this is often the difference between enjoying this craft or giving it up.
I’m hoping it helps out someone.
Us older doods need somebody to find ours for us. <g>


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

View Bob Babcock's profile

Bob Babcock

1809 posts in 4569 days

#6 posted 09-27-2007 04:22 AM

A tried and true idea for sure. We should certainly share even those ideas that have been around for awhile. I’m sure there are many things a lot of you think nothing of that I would think was a neat idea. Jigs especially.

-- Bob

View Douglas Bordner's profile

Douglas Bordner

4050 posts in 4547 days

#7 posted 09-27-2007 07:16 AM

I have always just flopped the big styofoam sheet on the garage floor. Duh. I’m sure I wouldn’t have had to crab around on the concrete if I had put my mind in gear before engaging the saw trigger finger. Sometimes we (relatively) younger dudes need a hand from you “older doods” when the issue is common sense.
Thanks for the tip, Bob.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

View ernieb's profile


17 posts in 4408 days

#8 posted 10-14-2007 02:30 AM

made one of these 3 years ago. what a great and simple idea. i now have several lengths and even use a router for dadoes. just goes to show that some of the best ideas are the simplest ones.

-- ernieb westerlo, ny

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics