How To Use a Circular Saw Without a Table

The workbench and workshop are not necessary! I will tell you in this article that how to use a circular saw without a table and how to cut a straight line with a circular saw. To get started with woodworking, a circular saw is a great tool. 

Portable and easy to use. A large sheet of plywood can be cut, as intricate dimensional materials and metal. The machine can also make crosscuts and bevel cuts. A woodworker often uses his saw on a table, and we infer that we need a workbench or a table in order to use it.

Unless you have an expansive workshop with a worktable, chances are you just started. Circular saws do not require a table. In addition to using it in your garage, you can also set it up on your driveway or balcony. When I cut plywood with my circular saw, I still use it on the floor.

In this article, we will discuss using a circular saw without a table. Firstly, let’s look at some of the considerations you have to make when you are using a circular saw. 

Circular Saw Setup Consideration

How To Use a Circular Saw

There are a few tips you should keep in mind before cutting with a circular saw, not only to make sure you get a good quality cut but also to ensure your own safety. 

Material Support

It is crucial to have the plywood or dimensional lumber support and stabilize both sides of the cut line when cutting plywood or dimensional lumber. As you cut, the material shouldn’t vibrate or shift.

Cutting yourself this way can result in your cuts getting messed up, as well as being very dangerous. To ensure that plywood doesn’t move, always clamp it or support the sheet, if it’s plywood.

How To Cut Wood Straight With a Circular Saw 

How To Use a Circular Saw

In circular saw cuts, it is very important to support the material across the cut line. This is especially true at the end of the cut. In the absence of support, kickback can occur. Cutting wood with a spinning blade can lead to blade binding.

The kerf will appear as you cut. Sawdust collects in this area. Blades are safe as long as they are rotating within the kerf. Even a slight twist can cause the blade to get stuck, resulting in kickback. Maintaining the cut line is also essential to prevent the cuts from collapsing under each other.

Upon reaching the end of the cut, you must keep the two sides from collapsing into each other. As a result, the blade may bind, causing both the ends and sides of the cut to splinter and rip apart.

SawBlade Space

The circular saw blade should be set up so that it sits 14 inches below the surface that is being cut when it is set up to cut. You will be cutting into the board whatever you use to prop it up with. Obviously, you can do this.

In order to ensure that the blade can cut into your supporting material, you will want to choose your material carefully. Because you will be using a wood cutting blade, you shouldn’t set up your wood board on metal supports.

How To Use a Circular Saw Without a Table Saw Blade

How To Use a Circular Saw

Circular saws must be used with the appropriate support, as discussed above. Fortunately, you do not need a table to do this. Because my workbench is only 2 feet by 4 feet, My circular saw is still my go-to tool on the floor. You can use a circular saw to cut boards or sheets on the floor using a few options.

Insulation Sheet

Many videos and tutorials use this, so you may have seen it before. Typically, foam insulation sheets are 4 feet by 8 feet and very inexpensive. You do not have to worry about supporting near the cut line because the foam sheet can support an entire sheet of plywood.

Furthermore, because it is foam, you do not have to worry about which blade you are using. Just use whatever blade your material requires. The disadvantage of the sheet is that it is extremely large and can be difficult to store.

That’s one of the main reasons I don’t use it. You will not be able to clamp a straight edge if you are clamping it and cutting with it. A clamp will not be able to attach to the foam.

Construction Lumber

You can also prop up the plywood with 4×4 or 2×4 boards stacked up. It is easy to store them. Several 4*4 blocks varying in length, including a 4’x4′ piece, support my workpiece in different places. To prevent the boards from collapsing in on themselves, the long 4′ board is used to support the end of the cut line.

Moreover, the other blocks keep the material level and strong near the cutting line and in a variety of places. The plywood should be at least three inches above the ground so that a straight edge can be clamped, if necessary. Circular saws can also be used with these when cutting dimensional lumber.

A Saw Horses

Foldable sawhorses are a great option if you want to get off the ground. To support the material, I recommend using 24 boards, similar to what you might use on a floor. If your concerns revolved around working with a circular saw without a proper worktable or workshop, I hope this alleviated some of your anxieties.

How To Cut a Straight Edge With a Circular Saw

How To Use a Circular Saw

Be sure to use a straight edge guide once the material is set up to be cut, as this will keep the saw straight while cutting. The blade will not bend and kickback when cutting. Always pay attention to safety when using a circular saw, regardless of how you set up your material.

Ensure that your hands are kept away from the cut by wearing eye, ear, and breathing protection.

How To Use Circular Saw Guide

How To Use a Circular Saw

Circular saws have a guided sight, right in front of the blade, a notch in the shoe. It seems that almost all saw manufacturers have felt the need to design them differently. They operate on the same principle even if they look different. With the saw set to 90 degrees, the outside edge of the blade is on one side of the guide.

If the saw is set at 45 degrees, the opposite side of the guide marks the blade’s outside edge. You might have a saw with more lines, a laser, or anything else you desire. They might even be as simple as these two. The principle remains unchanged.