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Circular Saw 101: How to Make a Straightedge

Pro tips on making a board to guide long rip cuts with the grain of the wood

In the last Circular Saw 101 video, This Old House contributor Mark Clement shows how to use the fence of the circular saw to create a straight line when cutting along the length of the wood. You'll also learn how to make your own straightedge cutting guide by constructing a shoot board out of recycled or scrap material.

Learn how to:

• Create a rip cut along the length or grain of the wood

• Utilize the saw's fence accessory for precise cuts

• Make a DIY straightedge cutting guide by creating a shoot board

• Avoid crooked cuts