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Simple measuring gauge allows for accurate positioning of a straightedge used to guide a portable circular saw or router.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #42 Dec 1994 pg. 28

Tip on using angle iron to mark a line parallel to the axis of a cylinder.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #53 Aug 1996 pg. 22

Make a straightedge in your shop using three 48"x6" pieces of plywood.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #83 Fall-Winter 2000 pg. 128

Tip shows how to make a tool that makes painting straight lines easy.
ARTIST'S MAGAZINE Nov 1999 (v.16#11) pg. 6

Shop test of "Strate-Cut" universal guide for cutting straight lines with portable saber saw, circular saw, and router.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #170 Feb 1976 (v.26#2) pg. 19

Two saw guides that fit into a Black & Decker Workmate. One is a long saw guide for ripping. The other is used for cross-cutting.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #209 May-Jun 1980 (v.30#5) pg. 50

Cut large sheets of plywood quickly and accurately with this easy-to-make fence for your portable circular saw. Make the edge really straight and smooth by finishing with a router trimming bit.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #290 Jul-Aug 1988 (v.38#6) pg. 6

Simple straightedge for crosscutting plywood is sized to fit your circular saw's shoe.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #356 Mar 1995 (v.45#3) pg. 14

Tip on using a metal extension ladder as a straightedge for long cuts (with a portable circular saw).
FAMILY HANDYMAN #363 Nov 1995 (v.45#10) pg. 43

How to cut wood or sheet goods straight and true using a couple of easy-to-make jigs and hand-held power tools.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #365 Feb 1996 (v.46#2) pg. 12

Tip shows how to make a T-shaped guide for straight, square cuts with a circular saw.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #383 Nov 1997 (v.47#10) pg. 45

Tip on using a carpenter's square fitted with stair gauges as a 90-degree cutting or routing guide.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #391 Sep 1998 (v.48#8) pg. 55

All-American cutting guide. Used to cut dadoes or crosscut wide project boards with perfect results and near-zero setup time.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #400 Jul-Aug 1999 (v.49#7) pg. 24

Making and using straightedges. These easily constructed wooden tools help with building tasks from framing to finish.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #95 Apr-May 1995 pg. 88

Kerf block speeds the sawcuts. This jig facilitates proper locating of a clamp-on straightedge to guide a circular saw, router, etc.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #98 Oct-Nov 1995 pg. 26

Ground tool steel jig is used to accurately cut matching edges on two pieces of veneer. Especially useful for long pieces. Actual cutting is done on a router or shaper.
FINE WOODWORKING #7 Summer 1977 pg. 16

Easily made guides allow for accurate ripping or cross cutting of large sheets of plywood with a portable circular saw.
FINE WOODWORKING #18 Sep-Oct 1979 pg. 20

Tip: Back a straightedge with garnet paper to prevent slipping when cutting veneer.
FINE WOODWORKING #72 Sep-Oct 1988 pg. 8

Marking template for positioning a straightedge when using a portable circular saw.
FINE WOODWORKING #118 May-Jun 1996 pg. 16

T-square style of crosscut cutoff guide for a portable circular saw.
FINE WOODWORKING #137 Jul-Aug 1999 pg. 16

Guides, jigs and accessories that let you do more with your portable circular saw. Includes instructions for building a long-cut saw guide, miter guide, crosscut guide, and miter jigs.
HOME MECHANIX #711 Jul 1987 (v.83) pg. 60

Sawing straight and true. Using a straightedge or rip guide with a portable circular saw.
HOME MECHANIX #746 Jun 1990 (v.86) pg. 20

Six versatile guides for portable saws and routers that you can buy or build.
HOME MECHANIX #789 Oct 1994 (v.90) pg. 62

User's report on the Shop Mate, a guide device for ripping and mitering with a portable circular saw. Also used with router. Est. cost: $60.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #582 Nov 1976 (v.72) pg. 96

Tip: How to make a simple guide for cutting large pieces of plywood with a portable power saw.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan 1979 (v.7#1) pg. 11

Make your own 8-ft. long straightedge guide for a portable saw. Make from lauan plywood. Use it to cut 4x8 plywood panels.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1982 (v.158#6) pg. 97

Power tool jigs for straight and accurate crosscuts with a portable circular saw. (1) Adjustable crosscut jig gives stationary-tool accuracy. (2) T-square cutoff jig.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1994 (v.171#11) pg. 92

Tip for keeping a guide bar from bowing in the middle when ripping the full length of a plywood panel.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #79 Jul 1994 (v.14#1) pg. 8

Measuring and marking tools for the woodworker. Details units of measure, straightedges and rules, methods for accurate long measurements, and folding rules. Shop-made straightedge, pinch rods and winding sticks described.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #90 May 1996 (v.16#2) pg. 18

Three jigs for a portable circular saw. (1) Panel jig. (2) Straight edge. (3) Crosscut frame.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Mar 1989 (v.4#2) pg. 80

Screeding or striking off. Using a guided straightedge to help flatten and smooth a variety of materials, such as concrete, mortar bed for tile, sand base for brick paving, ... etc.

Cut-off jig for making an accurate square cut on the end of a narrow board using a portable circular saw.
SHOPNOTES #6 Nov 1992 (v.1) pg. 29

Straight-edge cutting guide for a portable circular saw features a built-in clamping system that remains out of the way of the saw.
SHOPNOTES #12 Nov 1993 (v.2) pg. 4

Cut-off jig for a portable circular saw can be adjusted to make either 90-degree or angled cuts. The jig will support the saw completely when cutting a 45-degree miter on a 2x12.
SHOPNOTES #16 Jul 1994 (v.3) pg. 4

Shop-built cutting guide for a portable circular saw and/or router. This 9-ft. long straightedge utilizes a removable saw carriage or router carriage that hooks onto the cutting guide.
SHOPNOTES #19 Jan 1995 (v.4) pg. 16

Straightedge for ripping 4x8-ft. panels with a portable circular saw handles both vertical cuts and chamfered (45-degree) cuts.
SPEAKER BUILDER 2/2000 [Apr 2000] (v.21#2) pg. 54

Pipe clamp fitted with wooden fence serves as a guide to straight-line sawing with a portable circular saw.
WOOD MAGAZINE #64 Oct 1993 (v.10#7) pg. 10

Tip on making hardboard templates for correctly offsetting a straightedge when using a portable circular saw, jigsaw, router, etc.
WOOD MAGAZINE #87 Apr 1996 (v.13#3) pg. 22

Tip suggests using a cabinet scraper as a straight-edge when marking diagonals onto the end of a turning square.
WOOD MAGAZINE #108 Oct 1998 (v.15#6) pg. 27

Tip on using a long piece of aluminum J-channel as a temporary straightedge when ripping an uneven board on a table saw.
WOOD MAGAZINE #116 Aug 1999 (v.16#5) pg. 29

Right-angle cut-off jig for use with a portable circular saw.
WOOD MAGAZINE #144 Oct 2002 (v.19#6) pg. 37

Tip: Make a "shooting board" which guides a portable circular saw when making long cuts on a sheet of plywood or paneling.
WOODSMITH #13 Jan 1981 pg. 3

Straightedge made from hardboard and a 2x4 is used to guide a router.
WOODWORK #12 Winter 1991 pg. 10

Tip to accurately align a straightedge used to guide a circular saw, saber saw, router, etc.
WOODWORK #12 Winter 1991 pg. 25

Make customized straightedges (shooter boards) from hardboard and a strip of wood. Use with portable circular saws, routers, etc.
WOODWORK #33 Jun 1995 pg. 16

Simple device to secure one end of a steel rule or straightedge when scoring wood using a knife.
WOODWORKER Jun 1992 (v.96#6) pg. 87

A variation of the method by which engineers' surface plates (straightedges) are tested against each other. Reprint of a 1943 article.
WOODWORKER Nov 1993 (v.97#11) pg. 110

Tip on keeping a straightedge from slipping (when cutting glass) by applying friction tape to the underside.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1994 (v.18#3) pg. 10

A long, narrow, three-sided plywood box is combined with a pipe clamp to form an adjustable fence or straightedge for routing, etc.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1998 (v.22#2) pg. 8

Tip: Make a steel straightedge for use when cutting paper, cardboard, or leather with a knife. Made from wood and old hacksaw blade.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1980 (v.36#6) pg. 9