Currently drooling over the finished product. We are still in the drying stage by my gosh!! The Mr. was able to stumble upon some old wooden roof rafters. We decided to use them as the base for our coffee and end table set and my gosh 😍 the story behind the wood is our favorite! #woodworking#workwood#handcraftedcouple#oldwood#rustic
Spending the last dry day (hopefully) dimensioning and sanding outdoors where possible. This piece will be a serving tray of revised design.
Today's #tooltiptuesday is using guide rails with a circular saw. This allows exact cuts that would be difficult on a table saw. Such as cutting a sheet of plywood or ripping to square odd shaped lumber. It allows me to continue not buying a table saw (instead I purchased a big bandsaw) or a diyer to make precise cuts with a garden variety handheld saw.
This particular guide is one of the good things you can buy at Harbor Freight and cost less than 20 bucks. If you have a bigger budget I think a track saw is where it's at and will be something I own someday. If you're in a pinch any straight edge will work. I use a 10 foot piece of 3/16 flat steel to rip off liveedges where they are not desired on long slabs.
The only additional measurement you need is to add the distance between the edge of your circular saw blade and the point where it butts up against the straight edge. For me that is 1¼ inch on the short side or 4⅛ on the long side.