There is no denying that a circular saw is a handy tool to have around, especially when you need to make quick and accurate cuts. But using this tool can be tricky if you don’t have the right equipment. In this post, we will show you how to use a sawhorse with your circular saw for safe and accurate cuts every time.
Step By Step Guide How To Use A Sawhorse With Circular Saw:
The first thing you need to do is take a look at your garage to see what kind of materials and tools you have available. If you already have sawhorses that you use with your circular saw, then those will work just fine. However, if you need to make a new sawhorse, or if you want to reuse an old one and give it some fresh purpose, then follow the rest of these instructions.
Find two pieces of 2×4 lumber that are at least 4ft long. If they are not longer than 4ft, they will be hard to handle in the next step.
Cut the 2x4s in half at a 45-degree angle, so that you end up with 6 pieces of lumber. You can use your circular saw along with the guide on your sawhorse to do this, or simply use your saw to cut them separately if they are too long to fit on the sawhorse.
Drill two holes about an inch from the end of each 2×4 piece, and then use your drill to make a counter-sink hole in the same area (see photo for reference). The countersink will allow you to put in screws without having them stick out the other side. Try not to drill too deep; this will create weak points that can break easily when pressure is applied.
Get 6 eye bolts or wing nuts and attach them to the ends of all six pieces of 2×4 lumber. You might want to cut some scrap wood as spacers first, especially if your current sawhorses have a different type of attachment system your new build should be attached similarly though, so try to replicate what you already have.
Once all six pieces of lumber are attached to the eye bolts, go ahead and try snapping them together into a square or rectangle shape this is your new sawhorse! You will probably want to sand down any rough ends that could cause injury, but otherwise, you’re finished!
- A Circular Saw
- A Drill
- Eye Bolts
- Wing Nuts
How to use a sawhorse?
Let’s say you are using a circular saw, and you notice that there is no guide attached. In such a case, attach the guide on one of the legs of the sawhorse so that your blade can cut accurately through wood or any other material. You should be careful while working with a circular saw if you do not want accidents. However, when used along with a wooden sawhorse, this saw works really well because the final product comes out exactly as intended because of its accurate cuts.
Many people rely on expensive tools for building their own furniture but in reality, you can get equally good results without investing in a pricey compound miter saw. An ordinary circular saw works just as well, so long as you have a guide to cut along. In the case of using a sawhorse, this is not much of an issue because your workpiece will be secured into place while you make the cuts, and it does not matter if your material moves around during that time.
Safety Tips While Using Sawhorse:
- This type of sawhorse may seem sturdy without any issues but once you start cutting with a circular saw attached to it, there can be some vibrations that may cause the wooden structure to wobble slightly from side to side or even tip over altogether. Make sure you hold onto one end of each board when making the cut, and do not cut through your sawhorse by accident!
- If you do not want to hold onto the boards, use a clamp or vice grip to hold them tightly into place. You can also put a brick on top of each board to stop them from moving as you cut.
- This type of circular saw guide is suitable for cutting smaller pieces of wood, such as 2x4s and 1x4s. If you try to make cuts with larger boards attached, they may slip off during the process and cause injury if they fall on you. Make sure that your workpiece falls away from where people are walking if it is too large, and wear protective equipment such as gloves with reinforced palms in case it lands on your feet instead.
Now, you have learned how to use a sawhorse with a circular saw in detail. Use the guide to cut accurately so that you do not have to worry about using your bare hands for this dangerous process. However, if you want to save time, simply hold onto each piece of material when making your cuts.
Also, attach clamps or bricks before cutting large boards because they are more likely to slip away due to their size and weight whereas smaller ones can be safely held in place by hand. If an accident happens, follow the safety tips provided above for protecting yourself from injuries.
This will also help others who want to learn how to use a sawhorse with a circular saw without compromising on work quality or personal health.