Making a square end cut with a circular saw can be an intimidating proposition. You can measure, double check, draw a line, measure again, and then when you cut you might still find that it is out of square. Ugh! Don’t give up and use out-of-square cuts for your project; that won’t do. Also, don’t jump to the conclusion that you need to spend thousands of dollars on new equipment to solve this simple problem. That would be one way to address the situation, but not everyone has the key to Fort Knox, so there has to be a simpler solution to this challenge.
First, it will be important to familiarize yourself with how to use a circular saw. Learn the specific tolerances and adjustments that are available on your specific saw, and if you haven’t already done so, make yourself one of these handy dandy circular saw jigs for cutting straight lines with no chipout. You’ll get a lot more mileage out of your circular saw, even if it is a hand-me-down for Grandpa, when you pair it up with one of these jigs.
When you’ve mastered the circular saw, and it’s time to make some square end cuts on your panel, there are a few simple steps that you can follow to ensure success every single time: