Step 1 Learn the Anatomy of a Circular Saw
Using a circular saw is easy when you understand how it is built and the proper way to cut using the tool.
- Shoe: The sturdy and flat metal plate acting as the base of the saw is called the shoe and is intended to glide across the surface of the material you’re cutting as the blade slices through. The shoe will have a notch at the top that makes it easy to perfectly line up your cut.
- Blade Guard: You’ll notice that the blade is covered by a blade guard that slides out of place as soon as the blade makes contact with the material it’s cutting. This blade guard helps to prevent the blade from accidentally cutting anything it isn’t supposed to cut.
- Bevel Adjustment Knob: Along the front of the shoe you’ll find a knob that slides upon an angular cut-out. This know loosens to allow you to adjust the bevel of the blade, making it easy to cut wood at a perfect 45-degree angle or other custom angle. This is especially handy when you’re cutting frames, baseboards, and other materials that need to go around a corner.
- Depth Lock Knob: Just like you can adjust the bevel of the blade, you can also adjust the depth of the blade, which is helpful when you don’t want to cut the whole way through a material.
- Handle & Power Trigger: The handle is designed for a comfortable grip with a trigger within easy reach to power the blade when you’re ready to make your cut.
- Front Grip: In addition to the main handle, there’s a secondary grip in the front of the circular saw for your second hand. It makes it easier to guide the saw with precision and ensures both hands stay clear of the blade.
Now that you understand how a circular saw is built, it’s time to progress to using a circular saw to make precise cuts.