Poor Boy Radial-Arm Saw
For crosscutting long boards and making miter cuts, this shopmade saw guide is accurate, portable, easy to use and economical to build.
The guide is simply an angle-iron and plywood track sized to fit the base of a portable circular saw. The guide is perched atop legs at each end. Each leg is made from a pair of 3-1/2-in. pipe flanges connected by a 3/4-in. by 1-1/2-in. pipe nipple. The legs provide clearance for the work and allow the track to pivot for making angle cuts.
To use, clamp the guide at the proper angle in relation to the fence on the plywood base. Before cutting, secure the saw’s blade guard up out of the way with a screw threaded through a hole in the blade housing. Make sure you remove the screw before the saw is used in the conventional manner.
Another note of caution: The…