All tools can be made to work better for you. Since I have a new toy in the shop, I figured that I would make it work better for me. I have always like the track saws, but I could never afford one. This new jig will allow you to make straight edge cuts and zero clearance cuts. Now you have track saw performance with a circular saw price. Here is what you need to do!
First you will need a sheet of 1/4” plywood and 2 strips of 3/4” plywood approximately 4-5” wide each. If you need a place to store this jig, this lumber cart seen here is perfect! For a video and blog on this project, check it out!
Now you will need to determine the depth of cut by seeing where your circular saw motor touches on the guide fences. I can get a 2 1/16” depth of cut.
Now apply glue to the backside of the first fence and glue it in place, flush to the ends and side. Clamp in place and nail it down (if your nails are too long, I will show you what to do when you are done).
To create the channel for your saw, place the saw up against the first fence and apply your glued surface on the second fence down right next to the saw. Please ensure that the fence is straight and parallel to the saw base.
Using your compound miter saw, cut a couple of short stop blocks our of 1/2 or 3/4” plywood to place between the fences. This will give your saw two registry points to begin and end.
Now to create the straight edge part of the jig. Just run the saw up the other side of the inner fence going the opposite direction.
Now if you don’t have short enough nails, then flip over the jig after nailing down the fences. Grab an angle grinder flush up the nails to the jig surface.
Just like that you are done! You can download plans to this project, found on my website here!
Thank you for reading and watching this project!
Remember to please be safe in your shops and God Bless you all! BOOM!!!