For those who have never used a circular saw before, getting over the 'fear factor' is simply a matter of unpacking the power tool, reading the instructions manual, and performing a few test runs.
A hand-held circular saw is a useful power tool to own. With a circular saw you can perform straight cuts in almost any kind of timber and board - quickly and accurately. Many beginner DIY enthusiasts tend to steer clear from buying a circular saw, but when used properly and within the recommended guidelines, a circular saw saves time and money on DIY projects in and around the home.
Tips for using a circular saw
GOOD TO KNOW
When cutting straight lines, a straightedge, steel rule or strip of wood can be used as a guide. Securely clamp both edges of the straightedge to the work piece.
When project instructions refer to a 'rip cut', this is generally a term used to indicate a cut along the grain of the wood to cut large sections to the required size.
When cutting timber across the grain this is referred to as a cross cut.
When you need to cut out a section within timber or board, such as when cutting out for a kitchen sink, a plunge cut is performed. The shoe [base plate] of the circular saw is set against the surface, the circular saw turned on, and the blade slowly lowered into the material to be cut.