DIY Circular Saw Guide

Build One in a Few Simple Steps

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If you make one jig for your circular saw this should be it. We don’t all have hundreds of dollars, or thousands if you buy Festool, to spend on a track saw. This saw guide allows you to get some of the benefits of a track saw and can be made for a fraction of the price. The entire jig is made from scrap 1/2″ birch plywood but this can easily be made from sheathing plywood or even MDF or particle board.

How to Build It

I began by breaking down the plywood using my table saw. There are only two cuts that need to be made for this project, one for the base and one for the fence.

To secure the fence to the base I used wood glue and brad nails. The exact positioning of the fence can be found on the plans linked at the bottom of this page.

With the fence secured I proceeded to add blue painters tape to the area of the base where my circular saw will be establishing the cutting edge of this jig. I add blue painters tape to both sides of the base.

All thats left to do now is establish the cutting edge with my circular saw. I simply clamped the jig to my workbench and used my saw to cut away excess material from the base establishing the zero clearance edge of the jig. All Done.


Thanks for reading! Below you can find affiliate links to the tools and products I used in this project. If you are interested in supporting my efforts, clicking my affiliate links goes a long way and I greatly appreciate any support that I receive. Also, you can find a downloadable diagram for this jig if your looking to build one for yourself.



Below is a plan I created for this project. Its free to download but you may need to alter my measurements to fit your particular circular saw.


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