Making straight, accurate cuts on 4x8 sheets of plywood or long rips in boards is less of a challenge with the Accu-Rip saw guide from Craftsman ($40). Just secure its 27-inch-long aluminum arm to the base of a right-bladed circular saw, “zeroing” the arm with the saw blade. Then slide the “cut guide” along the graduated arm to the desired cut width and tighten it in place. This guide runs against the edge of the board, ensuring straight cuts as wide as 24 inches and as narrow as 1/16 inch; no other ripping guide cuts as close. As with any saw guide, the last inch or so has to be cut freehand; and when making wide cuts, a hand is needed on the cut guide to move it and the saw together.

Where to Find It

Accu-Rip saw guide:
Craftsman — sold by Sears, Roebuck & Co.
Hoffman Estates, IL
888-377-7414
www.craftsman.com
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