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Theres a Better Way

Use a Common Job-Site Tool as a Quick Rip Guide

comments (0) January 4th, 2013
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large

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Video Length: 1:25
Produced by: John Ross and Chuck Miller

If you need to make a quick rip on a piece of lumber, you could hunt around for your tablesaw, but there's a better way.

Mike Sloggatt of Levittown, N.Y., uses Vice-Grip-style locking pliers clamped to the baseplate of his circular saw to create a quick, easy, and smart rip guide. Here's how he does it:

First locate the cut line-the notch or mark on the baseplate that denotes where the edge of the blade will travel. Measure from that mark to the width of the cut you want, and then clamp the vice-grip to the baseplate at that point. The vice-grip will ride along the edge of our piece of wood, guiding the saw blade.

Another way that people do this is to grip the baseplate and use their finger as a guide. that works too, but it's a good way to get some splinters in your finger.

Let's make a cut to see how this works. Great tip, Mike. Thanks for sending that in.

Editor's note: A small quick-grip bar clamp also works well as a circular-saw guide if your saw's baseplate has a flat enough surface to fit the larger foot of one of those clamps. 

posted in: measuring and marking tools, saws