When it comes to using something to help with keeping cross cuts and rips straight, what do you prefer to use and why?
Or a homemade plywood/straightedge jig
This is assuming you would be using a circular saw or jig saw and do not own a table saw.
thanks, Rich! I'll have to look into those.
Rich, is that the one by Griset?
I have used the Kreg rip cut many times successfully. I also made my own straight edge jig of a 4ft length. I placed wall board and slat board on my garage walls a couple of years ago and cutting down 4x8 sheets was a challenge for me made easier using those two methods.
I just routed in tracks to my work bench in progress yesterday with the Rockler Low profile straight edge system. It was easy to use and the T-Square feature kept me in check.
I purchased two different higher priced circular hand saws---
neither one had the blade aligned with the base.
One saw had a variation of .04 to .06", from the front of the blade to the back of the blade, and the other was .03 to .04", in a span of just 7". (The blade was not parallel to the base).
It's acceptable for cutting 2X lumber free-hand; however,
unacceptable for making accurate cuts with a straight edge guide.
I took one saw to the OEM's authorized servicer---they couldn't do anything with it.
Changing out the base plate, still produced the same results.
Both brand saws are currently made in China.
Returned both of them to the dealer.
Went back to using my older reliable saw, which makes accurate straight cuts, 8 ft long and within .02-.03,
using a straight-edge guide.
Jay Bates has a slick setup with dust collection.
The saws, described above, did not have the "pivots" or the "mounting" feature in alignment with the base plate, thus the reason the blade and base were not in aligned.
I surmise its a manufacturing machining issue.