Embarrassed to ask

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Embarrassed to ask

Postby Andymc » Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:09 am

My first post and fairly new to the hobby of working with wood.
I cannot for the life of me comprehend how to get a straight edge in offcuts of wood that don’t already have a straight edge.

I keep reading about needing a factory edge but the wood I have doesn’t have one.

For example I have a square bit of plywood that has been previously been badly cut on all four edges.

How can I recut it square ?

I have a circular saw and a chopsaw.

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Re: Embarrassed to ask

Postby promhandicam » Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:20 pm

Welcome. Easiest way is to clamp a straight edge to the piece of ply and then run the base of your circular saw against the straight edge. A suitable straight edge could be something like a furniture panel / melamine shelf that you get from a diy shed. to get it square, buy a reasonably large carpenters square or combination square and mark it out and then reclamp your straight edge. Carry on for the other two sides and then check the finished piece is square by measuring from corner to corner - both lengths should be identical.

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