How to use Circular Saws and make CrossCuts a Tutorial to Making Perfect Straight Cuts

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making cross cuts is fun simple and

you're gonna be doing them all the time

if you're doing any type of DIY or home

improvement projects and things of that

nature so make sure we're doing them the

right way correctly safely and do them

right the first time

all right let's take a quick minute and

go over our soft setup first things

first when you're setting up your saw

you want to make sure number one she's

not plugged in right that'd be very

dangerous so first things first always

make sure you're unplugged while you're

making your saw adjustable okay second

thing is we're gonna make sure we have

the right blade for the project that

we're doing today we're doing--we're

outdoor decking it's what we're doing

with this redwood here and I typically

use about a sixty to eighty tooth blade

for a project like that I'm using a

combination blade which is this guy here

to Dewalt sixty two combination blade

you can find it at Lowe's Home Depot

different stores like that Amazon


let's talk about our saw setup so we got

our circular saw skill saw what we're

gonna do now is run set our pitch of the

blade also our blade depth our blade is

in its good and tight you have our guard


keep your fingers nice and out of the

way saves them and basically your blade

pitch just right here these numbers

there so what those numbers are for our

dialing in the angle of your cut now

what we want is zero degrees so we're

gonna have this blade setup is zero

degrees if we wanted to say a 45 or a

thirty it would actually go ahead and

loosen up our saw every saw is a little

different we would loosen up this guide

and it allows us to position this guy

like so so with that say we wanted a 45

here tighten it down say that 45 we went

to cut this wood our saw is now setting

at this 45-degree angle however we're

going to do a zero degree

also known as a right angle set that to

zero block it in and we're going to

double check that with our speed square

the way you double check it is take your

saw flipper upside down right side up

get your guide out of the way we take

our speed square set it right up here

against our saw guard or guide and just

check that our angles we have no gaps in

between where it's meeting the blade

here and where it's touching our saw

here yeah so we check that our 90 s good

saws seems to be in good shape our

blades not warped at all okay next thing

we want to do is line up our blade to

our wood but I mean set the depth of

your saw so all we want is this blade to

be about an eighth of an inch past our

wood okay so in order to do that it's

real easy actually your guide up out of

the way and this saw it's actually on

this backside right here loosen this guy

up like so and that allows you to extend

your blade length basically so either

have 0 plates showing or all the blades

showing what we want on this wood here

it's like I said about an eighth of an

inch so we're gonna hold it down guide

is still loose we're gonna pull our saw

up we have about I'd say about an eighth

of an inch that's almost like a full

tooth on this particular saw blade and

we're gonna lock that in alright the

less surface area of our blade that's in

contact with our wood the better off the

less friction we're creating we're

making our cut and less chance of

burning the wood as we make our also

setting it at about an eighth of an inch

it stops the splintering of the wood as

we go through on our past making our


and that's how you said it yourself

alright now we're gonna set up to

actually go ahead and make our cut go

ahead and plug our saw on at this point

I like to do a little figure eight knot

in the cord that way it doesn't come on

plug some big trips over it

just plug them in hold it tight not too

tight just a little tight snug no I

won't come unplugged on you our PPE

aren't PPE for the job you're always

going to need ear plugs or ear muffs

some goggles or safety glasses and some

type of mask or respirator at our tape

measure speed square and we're gonna be

cutting a 6-inch piece so what we want

to do is want to mark our wood at six

inches from this base end marking our

wood we're gonna be using a six inch

piece of wood whatever your measurement

is so today we're using we're gonna cut

six inches off this so we take our tape

measure a cool little thing about your

tape measure to note is a lot of people

wonder why this little end piece is

actually loose okay it pushes it out you

can push it in in and out in and out

what that actually is it gives you an

eighth of an inch either from the end if

you but this up against something doing

an inside measurement or if you're gonna

do a length measurement from like the

edge of a wood like here if you pull it

out that actually gives you an eighth of

an inch the opposite way so what that

said is anytime you're measuring

something depending on how you're

measuring if you're doing like this and

we're going from the end of this out you

want to make sure it's pulled tightly

you don't want it loose like that you

actually want to pull it completely up

against there so you get your full

measurement I like to actually slide a

little bit further so I can pull it tied

up against these guards that's gonna

give you a true six inches and this wood

you're gonna make a V so you make a dash

from six inches

out to your right out to your left

that's a little Carpenters trick come

down to this side of the wood

you can do the same thing I know you

can't see it well you make a V just like

that now we take our speed square and

it's important to know you want to line

up your PIN so not the square with the V

you don't want to take your square and

line it up there because then we'll be

inside of six inches we want our pencil

to come straight down the center of this

view and our V back here pretty much

down the center we'll double-check that

so right here as you can see my pencil

goes a little to the right of that so

I'm gonna just slide my square back a

smidge right there there we go and it's

centered there one stroke to stroke it's

all you need we're gonna double check

that measurement make sure we got six

inches now when making your cut a cool

little trick you can still keep your

speed square out clamp your wood that

way it doesn't move too much on you I

like to at the end of the piece and one

up here at the top on the opposing side

of our wood that way it stops it from

being pushed that way as we go through

with our saw Tanya does any where you

can get the clamps to fit all also

keeping your speed square on there woods

not going anywhere

so anyways with that said you can use

your speed square as a guide to allow

your circular saw to follow so what you

do is just set it up here hold a nice

and tight against their cyndago also you

can clamp it on your have the hand

strength or you hold it up there and you

just kind of gonna line your blade up

we're gonna keep this piece of wood this

six inch piece of wood is what we want

to keep after so we want our blade to

actually cut on this left side of our

pencil mark we were to come that rights

out of our pencil mark we'd actually end

up with a piece that's slightly smaller

than six inches if you're making

furniture or anything that has to be a

precise measurement that little bit of

sliver say an eighth of an inch or

sixteenth I

should be detrimental to your all entire

project so we want to make sure our

piece that we're left with the six

inches we're going to cut on the left

side our pencil mark because we're

keeping this right side piece of wood

that makes sense we were going to be

keeping this piece of wood we do the

opposite be cutting on the right to the

pencil mark to keep the left portion of

the word vice-versa so for instance

we're keeping this part of the wood so

we want to cut on the left side of this

line if we were to cut on the right side

of this line we'd actually come up short

so we want our blade to come up to the

left side of this pencil line and you

can see that a little bit easier here

okay so you want our skills saw circular

salt to be there so we get our speed

square up have our circular saw riding

up against it to where our blade comes

just on the left side of our line and

with that you don't have to focus on

your mark the whole time you just focus

on guiding your circular saw against

your speed square much easier cut to

make for these shorter pieces you want

to allow your saw to get to full speed

prior to contacting the wood so for

instance you know you don't want to be

right up on that wood and pull the

trigger because then you'll get a bunch

of splintering right out where your

blade is touching you want to let that

saw get nice and up to full speed and

then go through your wood nice and

smooth kind of let the saw pull its way

through the wood in a sense and that's

it you won't get any wood burning you

hardly get any splintering if you do all

those things correctly and there we go

nice and smooth

that's it and you saw that as I made the

cut I let the sauce speed up prior to

contacting the wood and look nice and

smooth piece no burns I just let the saw

kind of pull itself through the wood

instead of forcing it through so it

didn't really splinter on me you see

that that's all there is to making a

crosscut with a circular saw you guys

follow all those steps and guess what

you're gonna making plenty of cross cuts

in no time daolon min nice and good ones

you know with no burning no splintering

or very little and very minimal and

that's we want to do is help everybody

do things a little bit better recapping

got our wood we've got our clamps we've

got a level to make sure we're working

on a nice level surface keep it things

level our circular saw with the great

blade properly fit for the job

carpenter's pencil speed square tape

measure PPE for the job you're always

going to need ear plugs or ear muffs

some goggles or safety glasses and some

type of mask or respirator and remember

guys be safe have fun and we can do

anything that we put our minds to it

just takes a little bit of knowledge and

know-how get after it and if you have

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