My Favorite Saw Blades

The right saw blade can make a cheap tool work great; the wrong saw blade can make a great tool run poorly.

This was illustrated to me when I was setting up my new table saw (more about it in next week’s post).  I thought, “I’ll use the stock blade that comes with the saw. It’ll be fine for awhile.” Nope. My new saw, that I had done tons of research on, saved up money for, and finally purchased, cut like crap.  There was a lot of vibration, chatter, and the cut was very rough.  Luckily, I also had a brand new blade of my preferred brand.  Once I dropped it in, the saw ran quieter, had less vibration, and my cuts were superior.  All from a single high quality saw blade.

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Why Didn’t I Make This Sooner? A DIY Track Saw

In repentance of last weeks post I am showing you the track I made for my circular saw.  This is a crazy simple jig that is worth it’s weight in gold and will forever change how you use your circular saw on sheet goods.

This method works with any circular saw.  The catch is that once you make this jig it only works for that one saw.

I made this jig to work with my Craftsman C3 Circular Saw.  It’s a great little saw.  However, in making this video I realized how badly I needed a new blade.  I replaced the blade and it made a world of difference.

Being a compact 5 1/2 saw I lost to much cut capacity by using 1/2 plywood.  I was able to adjust the jig to work with my Skil 13 Amp 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw.  I’ll remake this jig out of 1/4 inch material for my cordless saw.

Another modification I did was glue a strip of 100-Grit Sandpaper to the bottom.  That really makes the track stay in place.  I can get by without clamps now.

If you have the money buy the DeWalt Track Saw. It looks amazing! One day…

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