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Circular Saw Rip Cutting Jig

Get more from your circular saw with our easy-to-make ripping jig. This simple jig is equally at home ripping wide boards or cutting sheet goods down to a manageable size. Constructed from only two parts, it's a snap to make and even easier to use. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.

Tools & Materials


  •   • Circular saw
  •   • Drill/driver with bits
  •   • Clamps
  •   • Tape measure
  •   • Dust mask
  •   • Goggles


  •   • Medium density fibreboard (MDF)
  •   • 5.2mm (1/4") plywood (optional)
  •   • #6x1" Screws (for MDF Guide piece) #6x3/4" Screws (for plywood Guide piece)
  •   • Wood glue

See the Cut List

Constructing The Jig

As you go through the project, predrill for and countersink all screws.

Cut the bed free from the MDF sheet.

1. Lay the MDF sheet flat on your work bench.

2. Position the guide piece on top of the MDF sheet so its cut edge (not the factory edge) is flush with one edge of the MDF sheet. One end of the MDF sheet and one end of the guide should also be flush. If you use MDF for the guide, both ends of the guide will be flush with both ends of the MDF sheet. Screw and glue the guide in place.

3. Clamp the assembly to your work table with the MDF sheet extending over the edge of the table. Position your saw's foot tight against the guide's factory edge. Sight down the length of the MDF sheet from underneath to ensure the blade will not cut into your work table. Cut the bed keeping the saw's foot tight against the guide.

4. If you used plywood for the guide, cut off the extra inch of MDF protruding past the plywood's end.

Good idea: Wax the top of the bed and the edge of the guide to reduce friction and allow the saw to slide freely in the jig.

Using the Jig

Mark your stock where it needs to be cut, position the jig so the edge of the bed falls along the cut line and clamp the jig securely to the stock. Place your saw with the foot tight against the guide's factory edge and cut.

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