How to Build a Simple Circular Saw Guide for Straighter Cuts

If you happen not to have any table saw and you have to make cuts to make some room dividers or bookshelf units, you can always build your own circular saw guide. This guide is solid and easily stored after each usage. The circular guide is also able to accurately help your work and bring safety for you inside your work store.

  1. Saw guide for straight cut

You can make your own saw guide to help your circular saw cut boards or plywood correctly and accurately. The saw guide is very cheap compared to other expensive woodworking tools like radial-arm saw or table saw. You can make several saw guides for various board sizes.

  1. Collect the materials and tools to make saw guide

The materials and the tools for making a saw guide are a sheet of ½ inches plywood, ¾ inches screws, wood glue, a screwdriver, a circular saw, a framing square, and two clamps. You can also provide some paint and primer to cover the saw guide. The benefit of having your saw guide painted is that it will stay longer against the dampness damage.

  1. Cut some pieces for saw guide

Saw guide consists of three separated pieces, that is, a stop, the fence and the base. After making three pieces for saw guide, mark them at the factory edges. These factory edges are usually straight and square. These edges are perfect for your saw guide. Mark those three edges using pencil. Use the factory edges as the front sizes of your saw guide.

  1. Align the saw guide pieces

One way to make sure that your saw guide is perfectly aligned is by paying attention to the alignment of the stop and the fence. You have to make sure that the fence for the circular saw and the stop for the rest of the wood pieces are correctly perpendicular one another.

  1. Gather the pieces of the saw guide

Place the stop and the fence to the saw guide base with screws and wood glue. You have to make certain that each piece of saw guide is being properly lined up with the framing square. Glue all pieces altogether and let them rest for 30 minutes while applying the pressure using the clamps. While clamping, recheck the saw guide pieces’ alignment to see if you haven’t moved anything.

  1. Give final touch to your saw guide

It is optional. You can also fill in the screw holes with some wood filler and then you can sand the saw guide surface.  You can paint your saw guide with primer and coating paints. These will protect your saw guide from humidity problem and keep it in good state for several years.