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Default Circular saws, distance from the border to the blade, is it universal?.

Hi, I'm building a jig, and it would be great to know if the distance from the border of the platform of the circular saw to the blade is the same in every circular saw.

Based on the photos I saw, it seems that way, but if anyone knows for sure if thats the case, better!.

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Hi, I'm building a jig, and it would be great to know if the distance from the border of the platform of the circular saw to the blade is the same in every circular saw.

Based on the photos I saw, it seems that way, but if anyone knows for sure if thats the case, better!.

thanks.
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I do not know the answer to your question.

I can relate to what you are trying to do I think. Some time ago I purchased a guide for my circular saw from Rockler. I made an offset piece so that I can put the edge of it exactly where I want the cut to be. Then lay the guide next to it and after carefully squareing the guide the cut made with the saw is correct. The cut is in the right place and it is square.

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No. They're not, and to add to the problem not all blades have the same kerf size, thin kerf blades for example, compared to a normal blade.
The rip guides aren't universal either.
You'd either have to incorporate an adjustment device, or pick one saw and build to suit.
Good luck, Pablo!
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Damn.. I feared that it was the case..

Thanks for confirming it.
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If you check out Kreg, you might get an idea from theirs

https://www.kregtool.com/store/c48/s.../rip-cuttrade/

Even they say it fits "most" saws

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Doug; I bought one of those universal circ. saw rip guides for an older Makita but the fit is so sloppy (front to back) that I might as well throw it out. I bought it so that I could pass the saw on to my son-in-law; fortunately after buying this device I found the original Makita guide.
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Hi, I'm building a jig, and it would be great to know if the distance from the border of the platform of the circular saw to the blade is the same in every circular saw.

Based on the photos I saw, it seems that way, but if anyone knows for sure if thats the case, better!.

thanks.
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Pablo:
I can tell you that I have two circular saws, both Black and Decker, and the base offset from the blade is different on them.

I made a homemade jig (2 actually - one is 8 feet long, the other is 5 feet long) to break down large panels: 1/2 inch birch ply with a 3/4 inch guide fence. I made the fence over size, then cut off the excess with a circ saw to cut to an exact dimension for that saw. I labeled the two jigs with the saw name and specific blade I used, so I'm sure to use the correct saw.

I don't have a picture to post, sorry.

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I can tell you that I have two circular saws, both Black and Decker, and the base offset from the blade is different on them.

I made a homemade jig (2 actually - one is 8 feet long, the other is 5 feet long) to break down large panels: 1/2 inch birch ply with a 3/4 inch guide fence. I made the fence over size, then cut off the excess with a circ saw to cut to an exact dimension for that saw. I labeled the two jigs with the saw name and specific blade I used, so I'm sure to use the correct saw.

I don't have a picture to post, sorry.

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The best approach, make it to fit the saw and the blade, then label it.

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Also If you want a saw guide, it costs very little to make one out of three pieces of (say) ply. Loads of 'how to' on youtube. A simple wooden T saw guid will improve you cross cutting with it no end.
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