How to use a circular saw safely? An Ultimate Buyers Guide 2021

Circular saw Formica countertops are preferred by most people as they are economical in the pocket, can be cleaned easily without resorting to hard means of cleaning, and have a wide variety of designs available in the market. With this article, we’ll discuss how to use a circular saw in detail with the buyer’s guide.

Similarly, they are easy to install and replace too. So to help you out in cutting the Formica countertop with a circular saw we have elaborated it as follows which will fulfill your needs and look beautiful aesthetically wise too.

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Tools required to know how to use a circular saw?

The required tools are:

  • A fine quality circular saw with a 60 teeth carbide blade having space left by blade cut.
  • Cover for eye protection from small particles.
  • A 220 grit sandpaper with a belt sander or a sanding block.
  • An easy to handle portable drill.
  • A 10 teeth/ inch saber saw with an efficient down cut blade.  
  • A Carpenter’s square.


A Formica countertop usually comes in two feet intervals between 4 and twelve. So to cut the counter effectively you need to follow the following steps:

how to use a circular saw
  1. First of all, mark the exact required measurements on the sheet.
  2. To protect from unnecessary chipping, adhere a masking tape to the place of the cut. Now adhere another masking tape to the place of the saw-show so that the circular saw gets easily rested on the counter and the counter remains to save from the undesired scratches.
  3. Using a carpenter’s square, mark the cutting linen the piece of the 1st marking tape. Measure the distance between the shoe edge and the blade of the circular saw to clamp a 1 x 2 for use in the rip fence. Also, this measurement will help in resting the saw on the fence and the proper alignment of the blade with the desired mark.
  4. As compared to the thickest part of the counter, use 1/8th inch depth of the blade.
  5. Before cutting the Formica countertop, always ensure to let the blade flow at the full speed. Also to ensure further prevention from undesired scratches, first use it on the waste part of the countertop so that the proper cutting and beautification, while the actual process is being done, is already ensured.
  6. Now cut even by using your sandpaper. While using it, always be careful to use the strokes in a downward manner so that while cutting you are not pulling the laminated Formica away from the foundational base.
  7. Remove the masking tapes.

Note: To prevent any discrepancy in the cutting, always broaden your cutting from 1/16th of the measurement so that the cut is a little wide from the mark and gets fitted easily as per the desired mark.

What size of a Circular saw can be used to cut a 4×4?

While cutting a 4×4 lumber or anything, a Circular Saw is preferred as it is easy to carry, portable, gets properly fitted in the hands if they are feasible, and makes the work enjoyable. Also, the presence of mounted saws makes it a preferable instrument to use for some larger works too.

Now to cut a 4 x 4 you can avail the following options:

  1. Use a normal size saw, and make several repetitive passes to get the work done.
  2. Use a Beam saw as per the availability of it.
  3. Change the current blade and rather use a large blade to your current saw.

The normal-sized circular saws have a blade of size 7-1/4″ which cut perpendicularly at a cutting depth of 2-1/2″.

Similarly, if the blade is of 6-1/2”, then it will cut to an approximate maximum depth of 2-1/8”.  

This results in the development of the point that these blades cut are not enough for a 4×4 in the first stroke. That’s why we have to make several passes.

The making of several passes results in a caveat that the quality of the cut gets affected, and results in making a compromise with that. 

Now blades of larger sizes like 10-1/4″ cut to a depth of 3-13/16″ while 12″ cut to 4″.So we conclude that even after using blades of larger size, but they will help in the consummation of less time as they will cut deeper than the normal sized ones and get the work done in lesser passes.

Similarly, issues lie that fitting bigger blade results in problems like more resistance to workability and some Circular saws result in overloading of the motor which ultimately deteriorated the power capability of the motor and its work life.   

Recently a new type of Circular Saw has taken the market by the storm due to the development of a new caliber of Circular Saws called Beam Saw. It has a blade of 16-3/16” and it gets spun with an efficient motor. Although they are heavy of almost 27 pounds, they prove to be the best in ideally cutting a 4 x 4 as they are specifically designed to carry out this job. Likewise, it’s safe to use and gets smaller jobs done in a little to no time.  

How to turn a Circular Saw into a Table Saw?

Circular saws are quite helpful in handling different types of situations. With a little bit of creativity you can easily turn a circular saw into a table saw. You can then use it to tackle different kinds of challenges and tasks without any issue. Here is how to turn a circular saw into a table saw.

How to use a Circular Saw as a Table Saw?

A Circular Saw can be converted into a Table Saw and can be interchangeably used if we properly get to know the way to use a Circular Saw as a Table Saw. Following materials and tools are required to do so:

  • To be used as tabletops and legs Plywood or any other handy board will be used.
  • 50-mm wood screws having a flat head of 16 mm.
  • Circular Saw and a Zip Tie.
  • Power strip.
  • Drill and bits, clamps, square, and a file.  

Methodology: How to use a circular saw

  1. Use 1.8m thick, 50 x 50 cm wide perfectly cut and squared melamine and place the circular saw in the desired designation.
  2. To create new points of fixing for the board drill five 4mm holes on the circular saw base.
  3. Use the above-mentioned screws in the ‘marked’ place and ensure that they sit better and perfectly first. Confirm the perpendicularity of the screws to the front edge and the surface.
  4. Now cut the gap in the melamine board with the blade in the circular saw. Keep a check if the Saw is still perpendicular to the tabletop.
  5. For fixing structure to the table saw legs mark, drill, and screw the two beams. To give efficient support to the legs, insert another board.
  6. Remember that the same board which was used for table Saw will be used to make legs.
  7. Two holes will be needed to zip the power strip. Make two holes for it. Work out the depressed trigger to tie the zip. Use a power strip as an on/off switch button.
  8. Now you can use the Circular Saw as a Table Saw. For testing the Table Saw, the square beams and two clamps will be considered as side fence.

How to rip a 2×4 with a Circular Saw?

The materials and tools required are: Circular Saw, Hold-down Clamps, Circular saw blade, a Polyurethane sheet to put the workpieces. 


  1. Attach an edge guide with your Circular Saw to ensure a smooth and uniform cut.
  2. Use hold-down clamps to clamp the wood in a proper position on the top of the polyurethane sheet to put the workpieces.  
  3. Set a defined depth of the blade, do 2 x 4 marking on the sheet, and just start cutting through the rectangle with a Circular Saw.
  4. To ensure the smooth cutting process, just move slowly with the marked lines and through the edge of the workpiece.

How to cut Cinder Block Wall with a Circular Saw?

If you are thinking of making any craft project, then the Circular Saw can be used to cut the Cinder Block Wall. Just follow the below-mentioned steps:

  1. Measure the area with the help of a measuring tape etc.  to know the size of the Cinder block to be cut with the Circular Saw. Usually, Cinder Blocks come with a size of 20 × 20 × 41 cm.
  2. Now mark the measurement in the Cinder Block to cut the block with Circular Saw. Use a ruler if you want to maintain the accuracy and straightness of the cut block.
  3. Remove the nuts and bolts, protective cover in the Saw, and insert a ‘Masonry Blade’ in the Circular Saw.
  4. Align the blade with the marking on the block and begin cutting by supporting the block with your non-dominant hand. Be careful to align the frontal notch on the metal surface of the blade with the marking made before.
  5. Turn on the saw and with constant accurate strokes, cut through the marking in the Cinder Block. Always put your fingers away from the nearness of the Circular Saw. 
  6. Using a damp cloth, wipe the block to remove the dust.

Always wear protective glasses throughout the work to protect your eyes from any injury.

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