How to Use a Circular Saw without a Table: Easy Step-By-Step Guide

how to use a circular saw without a table

If you are habitual of using a circular saw for all your tasks, then you must know that it is a tool which is extensively used along a flat surface – a table usually. The circular saw is a powerful, multipurpose, and portable cutting tool best suited for cutting different types of materials. However, the saw is handheld, which basically means that it doesn’t come along with a surface or a table.

This prompts people to use a flat surface such as a table when working with a circular saw in order to make cuts. The question that arises is: what if there is no table? Does that mean you can’t use a circular saw?  Well, to your pleasant surprise, that’s not the case. You can still use your circular saw to make cuts without needing a table. In fact, most of the hard materials like concrete blocks that are cut with the help of a circular saw are not cut on a table.

Read the article below to find out how to cut the materials efficiently using a circular saw without a table.

What is a Table’s Alternative When Using a Circular Saw?

There are few methods of how a person should use a circular saw without the table but here the question arises: out of all the methods, which one will be the best? So, to answer that question, we did our research, and here we bring you the most convenient and easy alternative. And that alternative is to build a guide for a circular saw.

You get an alternative that provides you with greater accuracy, speed, and convenience with a circular saw guide without sacrificing a saw’s portability, which is one of its major advantages.

Many alternatives do enhance the accuracy of the circular saw but tend to make sacrifices on the portability. With the help of a guide, you can carry your circular saw to any workplace with you.

How to Build a Guide for a Circular Saw?

It will take you only a few minutes to build a guide for your circular saw since it’s quite an easy task. All you have to do is take a ruler, pencil, measuring tape, your circular saw (obviously), and a plywood sheet.

1. Pick a broad piece of plywood:

Make sure the piece is broad enough to lodge any size of wood you want to cut. Then get three pieces of wood of the same exact size.

Next, you will have to use two out of the three pieces of wood you have. Now the pieces you will use should be higher when placed down on their sides than the plywood board you had placed down already.

2. Glue the pieces of plywood:

We suggest attaching the wood pieces to the board to make sure that they are tight. And to do this, simply drill a few holes in all the pieces of wood and the plywood board’s width or side. Then directly screw in the nails. 

Once you are done with the first step, grab a kind of board that looks somewhat like a tray. Remember to attach the wood pieces to the width or side of the board only. Now for making this task easy, the two pieces of wood that are nailed to the board, let’s call them ‘rails.’ 

3. Mount the Bridge 

For the next step, you will need another flat and wide board. This board will be a bit smaller than the first board. What you are going to do with this board is that you’ll straightly place it over the rails horizontally (remember what rails are) in such a way that it serves you as a bridge overhead. 

If you execute this step correctly, you will see a broad opening beneath that board you just placed. Then the material that is to be cut will go beneath the board. Make sure your board is placed straightly on your rails and is longer than the cutting surface.

Now, to check whether it’s straight or not, use a ruler. If it is, on each rail, screw it down. And again, in order to ease this task, the board that you nailed to the rails, let just call it ‘bridge.’

4. Make the Fence

On the bridge, place your circular saw (keep in mind what bridge is) in such a position that the blade of your saw is against the bridge.

The rest of the saw will be on the bridge. However, the blade will have to plunge downward. Make sure that the blade is firmly set against the bridge and keep it in its place. Then take a pencil and the opposite side of your saw where the shoe ends mark a line.

On this very line, you will have to fix the fence. The fence is the bar that the circular saw’s shoes will ride up against whilst cutting. 

Take the third wood piece on the line that you drew on the bridge, which specified where the shoes end (remember earlier, we got three pieces), and screw it in. Now, you can just place the wood either on the surface or on the side.

5. Make passage for blade:

To do this, you’re simply going to have to attach the battery and plug in your saw. Then place your saw over the bridge, ensuring that the shoes rest tightly against the fence on the opposite side. 

The saw will sit perfectly when you do this. All you have to do here is to put a cut over the two rails that you earlier screwed to the board.

The blade of your saw will run through the passage of the cut that you made while cutting. The passage will also play its role as an indicator of where your blade will cut through on the material. 

Now that you’ve done everything as stated, here’s a big thumbs up for you because you have just built a guide for your circular saw. That’s quite an achievement! 

The guide you just build will help you in increasing the accuracy and preciseness of the cuts that you will make with your circular saw. The guide will also help in increasing the ease and convenience at which the cuts are made. Another one of its advantages is that with the help of this alternative, you can build a guide for yourself of any length and size.

How Can You Make Cuts Accurately With the Help of a Guide?

Since now you have built your desired size of guide for your circular saw, you can make the cuts accurately on different materials just by following the few steps given below:

  • Mark out and measure the part or point of the material you would like to cut.
  • Insert the material beneath the bridge with the part that you want to cut.
  • Now place the circular saw against the fence and on the bridge. Ensure that the blade is not as yet in interaction with the material or just place the saw on the border of the material that needs to be cut with the blade.
  • Power up and move the saw forward whilst making sure that the shoe is completely against the fence so that you can cut well.

That’s it. You will be shocked and amazed at the cleanliness and accuracy of your cuts.

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