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post-procut.jpgWhen you line up a cut with your circular saw, you’re always trying to eye exactly where the blade’s going to cut.  And if you use a guide, you have to be sure of the exact distance between the saw’s guide and the blade. 

The Pro-Cut is a simple plastic guide, but what makes it really slick is that when you make your first cut with it, you trim away the edge of the tool instantly aligning it permanently with your specific saw.  From then on, making a 90 crosscut is as simple as placing the edge of the tool using your measuring tape (its multiple guides automatically align it to 90 degrees on various common-dimensioned lumber) and cut away.

It also includes a built-in 6″ ruler and 45 degree triangle for measuring and layout work.  Street pricing starts around $15, and some distributors offer multi-packs.

Pro-Cut Portable Saw Guide [Bench Dog, Inc.]
Street Pricing [Froogle]

 

One Response to Pro-Cut Portable Saw Guide

  1. Jason says:

    I use a cheap caliper to measure the distance between the saw’s blade and guide edge. Then I mark the wood where I want the cut, lay out my saw guide, flipping the caliper over to get the offset between my mark and the saw guide. If you’re careful you can get spot-on measurements that account for the exact kerf of your blade.

    The system works fairly well, but takes a small amount of fiddling. I think it would work better if I had a better saw guide (I just use the cheapo straight aluminum guides).

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