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Theres a Better Way

How To Make a Reciprocating-Saw Blade Guide Block

comments (2) January 31st, 2012
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large

Video Length: 1:21
Produced by: John Ross

If you need to cut back the top of a stud to fit a header into an existing wall, you could mark your cut lines and try and follow with a wavy Sawzall blade, but there's a better way. Chuck Miller shows you how to make a simple guide block for your recip saw blade to get a square, clean cut.


posted in: saws

Comments (2)

grateful.ed grateful.ed writes: Glad that helped Savvypete. I have a love/hate relationship with my Sawzall too. It makes cuts that nothing else can do. It is the quintessential remodeling tool. As a result, I have a large collection of blades that now look like cartoon lightning bolts from banging into the wrong target.
Posted: 3:10 pm on February 7th

Savvypete Savvypete writes: Great tip, Chuck. I was just headed down to the basement to cut a new opening in a wall that is finished on one side. As usual, I was dreading the use of my sawzall but you saved the day! This was the first power tool I bought 20 years ago and remains the least loved.


Posted: 11:40 am on February 6th

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