Precision cuts with circular saw: is it possible?
Hi there - A table saw is not an option at this point, so I am wondering what would be the best way to make precision cuts with a circular saw?
Currently, I am using two jigs, depending on the length of the cut I need to make. One uses a guide in form of a simple strip of wood screwed to a piece of hardboard, which was cut at the proper distance the first time I ran my saw along the guide. The other is a cut-off box dedicated to cutting 2x4ís (yeah, I donít have a compound miter saw either...). Itís a bit more elaborate in that it has two guides, with the saw plate fitting nicely between them. The guides are mounted on a large piece of plywood that has additional guides to accept the 2x4ís.
Even when using the more elaborate version and carefully placed stops, I am not really getting identical cuts. There is still a bit too much jiggle room in the jigs (maybe thatís why they are called Ďjigsí?). I can fix that by sanding or routing, but it is another step and simply annoying.
Is a system with the saw plate mounted to a T-track-style guide any better? None of the systems I have seen so far gets really good reviews (except perhaps the Festool system, but I am not going to get me a whole new saw for mega-$$$). If it helps, I have a Makita 5007FK saw.
Any help appreciated. Thanks! MM