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There's a Better Way: Minimize Circular-Saw Tearout

This zero-clearance circular-saw base ensures the edges of your plywood cuts stay clean

Length: 1:59
Produced By: John Ross

If you want to avoid tearout on the edges of your plywood cuts (and for finish projects, who doesn't?), do what Tom Walter of Alexandria, Va. did. Build a base for your circular saw from a ¼-in piece of scrap hardboard and adhere it to your saw's baseplate. In this video, Chuck Miller demonstrates Tom's method for preventing tearout and producing a smooth, clean cut every time.

Video by: John Ross

From Fine Homebuilding202
February 20, 2009