Which one does a do-it-yourself woodworker really need? The answer is another question: what kind of hobby woodworking do you intend to do?
Generally, simple repairs to a home or apartment require a jigsaw or a plain circular saw. Especially when you have to cut plywood sheets along long, straight lines. The domain of the circular saw is ripping straight lines guided by a fence or freehandedly. They are not very useful for cutting curved pieces.
Nor are they the preferred tool for fine woodworking projects.
Use a circular saw to cut the raw wood stock needed for your fine work, such as furniture or cabinets, and pick a jigsaw or a miter saw from your wood working tools for the fine work.
- Circular saws are either worm-drive or in-line saws. The
latter is more practical and easier to handle. They are also less
expensive. The motor of in-line saws connects directly to the side of the
saw blade. Blades for circular saws come in various sizes. The most common
is a 7 ¼ inch blade. Prefer diamond-tipped blades over simple steel. They
make smoother cuts with less damage along the cut.
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Unfortunately, not all cuts are straight line cuts. Furniture and other more complex woodwork require often cuts at various angles. The circular does not do you a lot of good in those cases. Woodworkers use either a miter box the cut wood at desired angles or a miter saw.
- Miter saws consist essentially of a circular saw mounted
on a metal table. In other words, a table saw that pivots on a center
point. The straight miter saw is basic. Compound miter saws allow cuts
that are angled in two directions across the thickness and the face of the
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Prices for compound miter saws are dropping. They will eventually replace straight miter saws.