How To Cut Wood At An Angle With A Circular Saw

how to cut a 45 degree angle with a circular saw

Cutting angles in wood is not difficult. However, using a circular saw may be daunting for some people.

You might find yourself being afraid of cutting the wood, thinking that you will mess it up, or you may be intimidated by the saw itself.

There is absolutely nothing to worry about. While it might seem complicated, the truth is that you will have no trouble cutting angles into the wood with the proper knowledge.

To help you learn how to do this, I have decided to share my knowledge not to feel overwhelmed. Your cut will be perfect by following these easy instructions.

How To Cut Wood Angles Correctly

  • Step 1

Unplug your saw. You will want to put the base in around 7.5 cm. Make sure that you draw the guiding line and adjust the depth.

  • Step 2

Next, you will want to align the blade with your drawn guiding line. Make sure that your guiding line is dark enough to see.

Push the speed square. Plug the saw in. This helpful video will show you how to align the blade and cut.

  • Step 3

Make your cut. During this process, you will want to ensure that you keep a firm grip on the saw to ensure even cutting and safety. This video will show you how to use the circular saw correctly.

  • Step 4

Loosen your grip and cut off the saw once the cut is complete.

Your cut should be perfect as long as you have lined up the saw blade and cutting line. You may find that you have to place a small amount of pressure to ensure that you can get through the blade guard’s resistance.

During this process, make sure that you do not lift on the saw. If the saw’s bottom is not sticking to the guide, the cut will be off. If your cut is off, start over.

If this is your first time doing angled cuts, consider getting some scrap pieces of wood to practice on.

Practicing with scrap wood can help you learn how to cut without messing up the project you are working on.

Make several different cuts, including 60 and 45 degree angles, to get well experienced with cutting angles. If you have never used a circular saw before, watch videos before you attempt to make any cuts.

Once you have, start with straight cuts to ensure that you are cutting safely and correctly. This will help to ensure that you do not get injured and that your cuts are perfect.

Cutting Angles With Rough Cuts

Rough cuts are used when the project does not call for looks, or the boards are not going to be seen.

However, even though they will not be seen, it is essential to make sure that the angles are cut correctly. The steps above will need a few modifications.

  • Draw your guiding line and make sure that the position is parallel to the blade.
  • Ensure that the saw’s base plate is lined up correctly.
  • Adjust your bevel and make your cut. Ensure that you are following the line strictly.

45 Degree Cuts

how to cut a 45 degree angle with a circular saw

When you need to cut 45 cuts, you may find that doing these with a circular saw may be more complicated than regular cuts.

Follow these steps to ensure that the cut is made correctly.

  • Step 1

Adjust your angle bevel properly. If you do not have your bevel appropriately adjusted, the cut will be off, and you will have to start over.

  • Step 2

Lift the base plate and move the saw to the 45 degree angle guiding line.

  • Step 3

This part is a bit tricky. The base plate may stick to the board, and if you do not have another hand to hold the board, you are not going to make the cut.

The solution is to either have someone help you make the cut or clamp the board down to ensure that the cut is done correctly.

If you do clamp or nail the board down, make sure that it does not mess up any part of the cut.

60 Degree Cut

This cut can be difficult to do with a circular saw. You will want to take your time when doing this cut.

  • You will want to adjust the bevel to cut at 30 degrees first.
  • Do your cut the opposite direction of the 60 degree cut.
  • Now, set the bevel back to the 90 degree cut line.
  • Cut the board now where the edge of the 30 degree cut.
  • The cut should now be complete with a 60 degree angle.

Safety Tips

A circular saw is one of the best ways to cut wood and one of the most dangerous ways to cut wood.

You will want to make sure that you do everything in your power to ensure safety.

Never allow the saw to bind when cutting. This could end up with the blade breaking off and coming back towards you.

Also, ensure that all of your wood can fall properly and that you are using all safety equipment.


I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial. I want to make sure that people learn how to cut angles both properly and safely. Cutting angles should never be something that you cannot do.

Remember, when you are cutting your angles, no matter what angle it is, to use safety procedures and make sure that the cut is lined up.

If you do not have your cut lined up well, you will not have a correctly cut angle and will have to start over again.

Be sure to watch some of the helpful videos listed above to ensure that you are able to do all of your angled cuts yourself.

I hope this article helped you learn how to do angled cuts in wood.

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