finish cutting with a circular saw
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Finish Cutting

As a circular saw blade cuts up through wood, the fibers on top splinter off, a condition known as tear-out (usually worse on cross-cutting). If appearances are important, put the good side down when cutting. If you must cut the board face-up or if both sides will show, score the cut line with a utility knife before cutting.

Tip: When cutting a finished piece, such as a painted door, duct-tape the bottom of the saw shoe so it can't scratch the finish.
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