Making long, straight rips in boards or plywood looks easy, but it takes skill and practice to do it safely and accurately. We’ve assembled a few of the most useful tips from experienced carpenters and cabinetmakers to help make ripping simpler and safer.
Use an 8d nail as a third hand
If you’re without a table saw and need to rip boards with a circular saw, here’s a tip to make the job a lot easier. Drive an 8d nail through the board and into the sawhorse to prevent the board from slipping while you rip it. When you’re done ripping, just pull the board off the sawhorse, flip it over and pound the nail through and pull it out. It only takes a few seconds and eliminates the frustration of a slipping board.