Circular saw is one of the most essential tools that a woodworker should ever own. The blade cuts different materials using a rotary motion and makes rip cuts, cross cuts, and both. The saw produces the finest shape of the material and hence it is used by the professional joiners.
So if you have got one for yourself, this is what you should do next-
Safety is first
Don’t ever proceed with a circular saw until you have got your ear, eye, and nose protection. Wear ear protection to keep the noise away, glasses so the dust doesn’t get inside, and a mask so you don’t breathe debris and get allergic. These are three must-have things after you have got a circular saw.
Learn about different blades
Generally, a compact circular saw comes with a regular blade that is good for making the basic cuts. However, there are variants of blades for a circular saw, and each blade determines different abilities and functioning. Such as you can choose a rip cut blade, crosscut blade, plywood blade, or another one as per the project you work on.
For general woodworking, combination blades are the best and most cost-effective. These blades can make both cross and rip cuts; always choose the blade size as per the saw size like a 7 ¼” blade with a 7 ¼” saw.
Set the Blade Depth and Bevel Angle
A circular saw also makes bevel cuts that you can set the blade accordingly. However, set the blade that extends only ¼ with respect to the workpiece. Any more than that will make the blade work harder and dangerous, especially if you are a beginner.
Adjust the angle of the blade as per the bevel you want to make. Always lock the bevel adjustment knob securely, so any mishappening won’t happen.
Always make sure the sliced piece from the main workpiece doesn’t stay in the way. It should fall free and away so that it doesn’t interfere with the blade or the cutting process going on.
Keep it Controlled Cut
Next, you need to learn to make a controlled cut. The number one rule here is not to get anything come in the way while making a cut. Clean the entire area and only keep the needed workpiece with the circular saw.
To make a control cut, it is essential to mark the workpiece either by using the guide notches or the blade itself. Follow the mark and push the saw through the material to get that controlled cut. Balance the rate of pushing through the blade such as it should not be too fast and too slow.
Fix a Wandering Cut
Beginners often have this problem of missing the target and instead of getting the blade working off the mark. When this happens, do not try to push the material to get to the mark again. Stop and wait for the blade to stop spinning, insert the material again and follow the mark from where you left to make it correct this time.
Use Guides for Spot-On Results
Guides can be amazing for beginners to let them cut the material straight as they want it to be. It would be better to have a precision guide with the adjustments and clamps if you want to have the finest cut ever; this works better than clamping a straight edge on the material.
This is pretty all that you would need to handle and earn experience on after you have your circular saw. We hope you find it helpful in your joinery journey.