How To Make Straight Cuts with a Circular Saw and a Straight Edge or a Kreg Rip Cut

– How you doing today? I'm gonna show you three ways, we can make straight cuts without a table saw. How are you doing? I'm Matt with 731woodworks.com I wanna show you how to make straight cuts without a table saw. We're gonna use three different methods. These are mainly used for when you're trying to cut sheet goods, like plywood, OSB, things like that. However, you can use them on wider lumber two by eight, two by 10 things like that. We're gonna be using a circular saw, and then three ways, let's go. On this channel I give out woodworking tips and tricks. I give out woodworking advice and we build awesome projects with basic tools.

You have video ideas? drop a comment below. I'll read every comment and I will take the best ideas and try to make videos out of them. So you have a sheet of plywood. You wanna make a straight cut on there. You don't want it to look
like a three year old, took a crayon and just
drew a straight line. And I was like… what we're gonna do is teach you how to cut straight lines if you don't have a table saw obviously if you have a table saw, it makes it easier but table saws are expensive and when you're first starting out, probably not going to have one, but you may have a circular saw or even a jigsaw. These will work. Two of these will work with a jigsaw. So the first and easiest method is to get you a 48 inch level.

You can use this as a straight age. This is a Stanley. I'll drop the links in
the description below to everything you're gonna see today. So you can go get those for yourself. Now, if you got a level 48 inch level, these are very inexpensive. This is an eye beam style level it's made out of aluminium. It keeps a good straight age. I've had this one for a couple of years. So let's say we have this sheet of plywood and it doesn't really matter how wide you're gonna cut a piece off whatever you need to do, but we're going to pretend this is going to be a six inch piece. So what I would do is I'd come over and measure a six inches. Now your circular saw shoe or the bottom of it is going to depend on what the distance away from the blade. So depending on what kind
of circular saw you have, and the distance between the blade age or this age will depend on how far over you're gonna move this, right? If I was wanting to cut here at six inches, we know that from the edge over, you went to the inside of that blade.

So I would be looking to the inside of the blade right there. Make sure that's where I want it. Move that level over there and then double check everything. Make sure that blade is lined up. Once it's where you want it. You can take a small clamp, clamp it to your work piece, just snug. You don't have to brunch down on it. 'Cause you wanna bend in your edge. Or you can take some
quick clamps like these, do the same thing. That'll hold it in
place while you may cut. What I would suggest, what I do, is I will take and measure that end. So you'll measure over from there to the edge of your plywood, to the edge of your level, to the edge of your plywood. This is seven and three eight. We'll go down here and make sure this is exactly seven and three eight. And then we would clamp this end as well. Another small clamp. Clamp that in, then we would take our circular saw, make our cut. This will be the guide. This would be exactly six inches all the way down you'd make a good straight cut.

In your straight edge. Typically you're not gonna get a level that's over 48 inches long. You know that most sheet goods plywood are four foot by eight foot. So this is great for
cutting across the plywood. But if you have an eight foot cut you need to make, I have something for that. This is a Swanson straight edge. It's about 40 bucks. It's a Swanson CG 100. I'll put a link in the description below to this one. What's awesome about this is it's eight foot long. It comes with two small clamps to clamp it down because everything you're gonna need to cut a good straight line. It can also be used as a forefoot section just like this. So it breaks down. It has this piece here that goes into the channel. You can see that it, you can see that it is shaped to fit inside the channel. What that does is when you insert it into the other half, it has these thumb screws on there.

You can just slide it inside then channel on the other piece to the lines up and then you tighten
these thumb screws down when those are tightened down. You have an eight foot straight age. How awesome is that. So it's basically the same premise as the forefoot. We're going to pretend my tabletop is a sheet of plywood. I don't have a full sheet here. You've probably seen me use this in some of my other builds or you can check out any of my plywood furniture
bills on the channel. and you can see me use this.

And some other methods, the way this works is this side is more raised than this side. So you have a thin side and a thicker side. This is about a quarter of an inch tall, maybe about a quarter of an inch tall. That gives you a good flat surface for your saw to run down. You do the same thing. You're gonna take the distance from the blade to the shoe, measure that over these little clamps will clamp to the sheet of the plywood into the flat side. This actually works a whole lot better than the level because the level has
those two Abby pieces. And sometimes it makes it hard to clamp correctly. So if I was going to pick between a level and this, I would go with this because you've got eight foot versus just four or you can just break it down and use two pieces as two, fourth of it, it goes together simple.

It breaks down for good store, easy storage. It's super straight. I mean, this thing is like arrow straight. So you clamp this thing down. You would take the other small clamp, clamp it on the other end. (indistinct) Come on, man. So I say this is eight foot It's actually eight foot four inches. What's awesome about that is you're gonna have two inches of overhang on each side of your plywood, if you're ripping a long eight foot strip. So that gives you plenty of room for your saw to keep tracking after I'll get to the end of the plywood and it gives you plenty of room to clamp with.

I highly recommend if you use sheet goods at all, pick one of these up 40 bucks, but they work excellent for what they are. They're like I said, they're straight. That helps you get good straight cuts. Once you get each hand clamped, you got the distance measured off, your saw will fit right up against that. It's actually about the same height as this saw shoe. So it's got a good flat surface to run up against, not so thick that it will interfere coming the other way with the motor. That's a good thing because sometimes that
level with a clamp on there will interfere, but this is thick enough that it gives you enough surface for your saw to run against. But it's thin enough that it's not gonna interfere with the motor. Coming this way, this is a super good way to get a good straight cut on plywood or two by eight, two by 10. Things like that. They actually use this to joint an age of a two by 10 or a two by eight.

Last but certainly not least is a Kreg rip cut. Probably one of the
best $40 I've ever spent is on the kreg rip cut. I like kreg products, they don't sponsor me. I just liked their products because they're great for beginners and intermediate wood workers. I've built tons of awesome looking furniture and projects using Kreg products. I just liked them. They work well. I mean, then they're inexpensive for what they are. This is a Kreg rip cut. This will work with virtually any circular saw you have no matter if it's coordinated or battery powered. It's so simple to get put in there. Let me show it. All you do is you'll take your circular saw it has these two, come on over here let me show you. It has these two basically screw clamps on there. So you just slide your circular saw right onto this mount, It has a stop block to tell you that you can adjust so that you can measure out adjusted it just right, so that these measurements are correct.

So you just flip this over to Phillips head screws, just snug them down with
a Phillips screwdriver, same thing on this side. So you just snug those screws down. I don't over tighten these just snug holds it in there just perfect. Well, I'll make sure that
the guard is raised side. Make sure everything's
unplugged no batteries, nothing like that. So you don't accidentally turn it on. Make sure the square against this piece up here. Pushed up against that stop block. If the guard is down, it'll actually interfere with it there. Once everything is squared up and touching this piece in the front, you just snug the screws down.

Now it has this flip stop, flip that up and you can move this circular saw, you can move it from one inch and it has the guide with the mark on it till you how far or where you're cutting it. It slides on this track all the way out to 24 inches. Once you get it where you want it, you just flip this stop this lot down and it locks it in place. It won't slide anywhere. This piece is lower than the rail and so that acts as an edge guide. So if you're gonna cut a 24 inch piece out of this plywood, this goes against the age of the plywood.

It has a handle for your hand to go in. You hold it against that edge of this plywood and then all you would do start your saw and just let it guide down that edge. Just like that all the way down. You're gonna have a perfect cut every time using this kreg rip cut. I've used this on dozens of projects to cut down sheet goods helps me go to good straight cut.

The only tip I would give you is when you get close to the end of that cut, you need to be sure and hold this firm against the edge. You don't, it will actually
walk just a little bit on you if you're not holding on to this edge really firm, if you holding it farm, you have no problem. Just hang on to that. it works really great. So if you're interested in any of these three products, I'll drop links to the description below. They'll help you get good strike cuts based on your sheet goods. If you have a sheet goods at all, that's a great way to
build different kinds of projects out of plywood. These things work really well if you don't have a table saw, its a good option. Kreg also makes one that goes up to 48 inches. I'll put that in the
link description below. It's a little more expensive. I think it's $70 or so. This $40 Kreg rip cuts, probably my pick of the three options today. Second would be the Swanson straight edge and then finally the 48 inch level.

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