Did you know that the circular saw happens to be the most dangerous woodworking tool? That said, it is important to learn the basic tips of using this saw safely and efficiently. Having this knowledge Here are five basic cutting tips when using a circular saw:
Here are five basic cutting tips when using a circular saw:
Set your blade depth before cutting.
Before you start cutting, make sure to set your blade depth first. To do this, unplug the saw blade and hold it alongside your board with the blade guard retracted. After that, carefully loosen the depth-adjusting lever and then pivot the saw’s base until the blade extends around ¼ to ½ inches below the board. Once set, tighten the lever to set the blade depth.
Avoid setting the blade too deep.
Make sure to not set the diamond blade too deep — doing so can cause several problems. Aside from that, it’s more dangerous than a correctly set blade because more of it is exposed while cutting. Also, the saw is likely to bind and kickback if the blade is set to deep. Besides that, a correctly-set blade cuts more efficiently than a blade that is set to deep.
Hold the blade guard when sawing at an angle.
New circular saws in the market now have blade guards that are designed to retract when you’re sawing at an angle. But even with these blades, the best carpenters will agree that it is still easier cutting an angle if you first retract the blade guard. Trying to start an angled cut without retracting the blade guard can cause it to catch on the wood and cause the blade to bind. Worse, it can cause the saw to wander from the line.
Let the cutoff fall freely.
Always allow the cutoff to fall away freely or move away. However, be aware that falling pieces can take a sliver of wood with it as the cut nears completion. To avoid this splintering, you can always support the board continuously. But remember that you shouldn’t clamp, hold or otherwise restrict the cutoff piece.
Cut from the start if you make a mistake.
Cutting along a straight line takes practice. Although, it doesn’t take too much effort in keeping the blade on track if you have a line to follow, getting off to a crooked start can actually screw your work. To fix this, don’t try to steer the blade back onto the line. Instead, stop cutting and turn off the saw. Withdraw the saw from the cut, then sight along the line and start again. This will make sure you get a cleaner cut.