Have you just decided to renovate your furniture, a rundown corner of the house or want to comfortably create your craft project? Are you a novice but have experience with small craft projects? Whoever you are, you will definitely want to improve your skills.
We’ve put together a few helpful tips so that beginners, or those with a little bit of experience, can make good use of the most basic tool, a hand saw blade.
Table of Contents
- #1 Mark accurately
- #2 Use specialized chalk
- #3 Clarify the cut
- #4 Check the actual status of the machine
- #5 Clamp before cutting corners
- #6 Use the tape before you mark it
- #7 Safety = Exactly
- #8 Cut fast, decisively
- #9 Score in cut lines
- #10 The carpenter’s experience
- #11 Fix the nail firmly to the wood
- #12 Careful
- #13 Cut through hard material
- #14 Circular saw
- #15 Cut compound
- #16 Place the wooden board on the foot
- #17 Thin metal cutting
- #18 Cut skewers
- #19 Cut to curve
- #20 How to cut water pipes
- #21 Cut the roof with just one step
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#1 Mark accurately
To get a precise cut, you have to start with an exact mark.
– Stretch your tape measure, create a marker with a pencil. Use a pencil to mark the letter V on it.
– When you mark with the letter V, the cut will be clearer later when marked with a line. Hit one line that will make you cut.
– You should use a square ruler to draw along the lines of the square edge. The square angle coincides with the top of the V. Finally, place an X along the sides of the square.
#2 Use specialized chalk
The fastest way to create straight cuts on plywood is to use a chalk line. Use the chalk to paint on the string and flick it away. This will remove excess chalk, and the markup will be less blurred and easier to follow. This is a very important step.
#3 Clarify the cut
If you see the cut clearly, you will get it right. So before you start the machine, take two seconds to check if the lighting is good enough.
Even in the best-lit seminars or out in the sun, sometimes you will still get noise because you cannot see the cut exactly but is obscured by shadows instead. Change the working angle or reposition the lights so that the line won’t disappear in the dark as you cut.
#4 Check the actual status of the machine
Every saw blade has a mark on the front of the machine to indicate where the blade will be cut, but it is not easy for you to track. Because it is covered with sawdust or the entire front is bent, making it “away” from the guide.
You will get better results if you see the real blade and line as you cut. Some saws have a built-in blower to remove dust. If your saw does not use its own built-in blower, use your mouth. You just need to blow for a few seconds to finish.
#5 Clamp before cutting corners
Workers tend to hang the board when the position is different from 90 degrees. Because you need one hand to cut, and the other hand to hold the stick. You should clamp the stick to prevent it from moving while cutting, you can even use your knees.
#6 Use the tape before you mark it
When cutting dark wood or laminate, mark your cut on tape rather than directly on the object. You should be able to see your lines more easily, and in some cases, like when you’re cutting hardwood, duct tape can minimize splitting.
#7 Safety = Exactly
Do you cover your ears, wear safety glasses and a dust mask for precise cuts? Well, it’s hard to see the cut if your eyes keep squinting because of too much sawdust. No problem, what you need to do is: Protect yourself by wearing earplugs to protect against noise, and a mask and glasses to protect against dust and debris.
This will make you more comfortable and patient and less likely to make a sloppy hit through the cut.
#8 Cut fast, decisively
When you need to cut dozens of boards of the same length, don’t measure and mark each one. Instead, do a simple operation. This takes less than five minutes to ensure that each of the 100 boards you cut is the same length.
The first step, you have to cut 1 piece to make it the right size. Then, make a permanent clamp at the top of the tree you cut. For the rest of the boards, place the right clamp of the first cut board. Then cut with the first piece. No time wasting measuring each plate.
#9 Score in cut lines
Circular saws often break the wood, so which side you make, we just make that side. When you are cutting a piece of plywood, cut it in the direction of the board to prevent it from splitting and deteriorating.
You should put your beautiful face down on the ground and let the bad side face up. The afternoon cut from top to bottom, from bad to beautiful. This causes the plank to lessen and detach. Finally, you use rough cloth to lightly claw according to unsatisfactory edges.
#10 The carpenter’s experience
Only carpenters have the experience of cutting long and short pieces of wood to the required size. Because they use the flipping line to mark the lines on the plywood. And then use a saw to cut in the same line as previously marked.
If there is a hole in the area, you should use a saw and iron glue to fix them. And then use sandpaper to scrub the patch so smoothly, the board will look better. That is the experience of carpenters.
#11 Fix the nail firmly to the wood
Anytime you nail nails to make parquet floors, in order to structure the fastening joints, you should use a drill bit smaller than the nail for the advance mark. Then you just need to nudge the drill mark you made.
Using two small pieces of wood to splint the two corners, the nails will link together. After that, you can move anywhere because the nails are hard to come off.
Don’t pick up boards with nails and place them on each time you are cutting. Note before cutting, to check the board, do not let nails or any small objects stick to the board. Because nails or grains of sand, etc on a piece of wood will wear out the saw blade or delay progress.
To cut a square plank, we have to use the ruler to mark the four corners, then cut in the opposite direction of each corner. When finished cutting 4 corners of course you will get 1 square wooden board.
#13 Cut through hard material
To cut large wooden trunks, you should use a diamond saw blade and machine. Because diamond is so hard, it can penetrate the most “stubborn” materials.
Find someone to help you along the way. Ask them to keep a running tap slowly at the cut. Where the cut goes, the tap follows. That will keep the blade cool, speed up the cutting, and remove dust. And don’t worry, it’s safe as long as you plug in a GFCI-protected outlet.
#14 Circular saw
If you spend extra money on a circular saw, consider choosing a small 5 to 6 inch saw blade. You will love it. Its mass will be much lighter than the 7 and ¼ inch blades. But with such a small saw blade, you can still cut 1 and ½ ich thick material in a 90 degree position.
However that is not all. More importantly, in most mini saws the blade is located on the left side of the motor (known as the left leaning saw). This saw will sometimes be suitable in areas where the larger saw will not. Other times you will need it to cut bevels that are difficult to handle or impossible with machines with conventional right tilt saws.
#15 Cut compound
Cutting steep corners, especially if they are compound (cut with bevels and angles), requires a special step. It is pulling back from the saw blade when you start cutting.
Skip this step and the machine’s guard will be bound when you enter the cut and prevent the machine from continuing.
#16 Place the wooden board on the foot
Master this trick and you won’t have to insert lumber into the blade for every cut. It’s simple and saves countless times to move back and forth. This is completely safe as long as you keep your feet at least 12 inches.
Just support the plank on your leg with the other end lying on the floor or the ground, tilt the plank up and do a cut.
#17 Thin metal cutting
With the metal blade in your circular saw, you can easily cut like aluminum foil. Nothing is easier, just put your beautiful face down and your bad side on top. Then let’s cut it.
If you want to get rid of some extra pieces of metal, like you don’t like your door or metal tank, you can cut them into small, sized pieces that you can easily put in trash without fear of bulky.
#18 Cut skewers
Most circular saws will produce cutting angles of only 45 degrees. Here’s a tip for cutting bevels in excess of 45 degrees. Let’s say you need a 55 degree bevel. Subtract 55 (or whatever bevel you follow) from 90 and place your saw at that bevel (in this case 35 degrees).
Next, clamp or screw a block even with the end of the board to support the saw base while you cut. The machine’s blade may not be able to cut it, but you can use a hand saw or an inverted saw to cut it. It is better to cut the compound in this case. Cut the first angle with the saw at 90 degrees, and then use the cut to support the saw while cutting.
#19 Cut to curve
If you are cutting plywood, set the saw to cut just deep enough to cut through the wood. The deeper the blade, the more difficult it is to cut because it will be bound.
If you are cutting thicker material, cut halfway on the first pass and then do a second, deeper cut after the initial cut. This trick isn’t for super tight curves though. If it is too difficult to push the saw through the cut, you will have to put the wood together.
#20 How to cut water pipes
A circular saw can cut any type of pipe except cast iron pipe. Use smooth tooth carbide blades for PVC, ABS or copper. You should choose a metal blade for cutting steel, such as fence posts and metal water pipes.
#21 Cut the roof with just one step
Sometimes you need to cut a hole in the roof to make vents, chimneys, skylights. Just attach an old carbide blade to your saw and cut right through the corrugated shingles.