Karl Ruling

A Simple Cut-Off Jig


Building scenery outdoors can be fun, but it has its problems. One of them is that it’s usually not practical to drag the table saw or radial arm saw out of the shop, so one is stuck with using a portable circular saw to cut lumber to length. The cut-off jig shown in Figure 1 was used recently to help construct a setting that had to be built almost entirely on-site outdoors. It worked so well that it has been saved to be used on our main season indoors.



The jig is constructed from a piece of 1×12 approximately 6′ long. A 2×4 the same length is ripped in half to yield two 2×2s that ...

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