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    I decided to build a bi-fold door. Bought a hollow core door from Bunnings. Also special ordered a bifold door kit. Cut the door in half, top to bottom. Then the tricky bit - inserting wood along the cut edge to hold the hinges. The wood width had to be 27mm, a non standard size. I bought a 2.4m length of 65mm X 30mm. All I had to do was cut it down to two lengths of 27mm wide.

    My ad hoc saw bench had me mount the circular saw upside down and clamped in an old Black & Decker Workmate. A piece of timber was clamped to give the correct width of cut and guide the timber.

    The first problem was that the circular saw could not be locked in the run mode. I used a clamp to hold the trigger in the "on" position, and used the plug to extension cord as the start/stop mechanism.

    Two wheels bolted to two bits of timber and screwed to the wooden guide kept the pressure of the timber being cut hard against the guide. Best of all, it kept my hand well away from an angry saw blade.

    I always do these jobs on a weekend, while the people from Workcover are not at work.


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    Holly crap...Talk about taking unnecessary risks.

    I reckon there might a reason a circular saw does not have a lock switch.

    Why didn't you just clamp a straight edge or a bit of wood to your stock and run the circular saw along that, as per the designed application of the tool (and work cover approved) ???

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    C'mon Jo, we've all done it..

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    Very inventive John, making use of what you have.
    Have been lucky enough to find a perfectly good sawbench at local dump. Its saved me unpacking the new one I bought the week before.
    Latest find was a midsized Makita Petrol Chainsaw (Dolmar). Good timing as the drive on my Stihl no longer works.
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    You FOUND a Makita chainsaw? Thought I'd done well with a 62CC×22" Mac for $40 but you just won that contest...

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    Sachs Dolmar saws are German and high quality, even if now owned by Makita.

    Surely the drive on the Stihl can be repaired though.

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    Yes, the 40-something CC Dolmar/Makita all rounder is on my wish list.

    Edit: 50cc x 18" 2-stroke, at $680 it will be on the wish list a while yet.
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    G'day,
    I suppose if you still have all your fingers, OH&S doesn't matter.
    By coincidence the ad appearing in the last post was for sliding glass door repairs.

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    A DIY Triton if you will... albeit a potential health hazard.

    Anyone who has used Triton will tell you about the tendency for the timber being ripped down to lift if it jams on the saw blade (Triton fit a spreader above blade to mitigate the risk), which then results in a kick back like you wouldn't need/believe.

    Obviously it wasn't "your turn" this time.

    I think I would have clamped the timber and run the saw, hand-held against clamped guide piece. And then cut to exact size with the planer.

    I admire you ingenuity , but not the risks you took.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pug206gti View Post
    G'day,

    By coincidence the ad appearing in the last post was for sliding glass door repairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by addo View Post
    Yes, the 40-something CC Dolmar/Makita all rounder is on my wish list.

    Edit: 50cc x 18" 2-stroke, at $680 it will be on the wish list a while yet.
    Addo, I have a Dolmar 112 you can have for a good price. It's 25 or 30 years old. About 50cc, chain brake, rubber mounted handles, 18" bar. PM me if you want to discuss it.

    Selling because I am standardising on Stihl and I only need 5 chainsaws.

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    Thanks for all the comments about chainsaws, but remember my problem was to cut a 27mm X 30mm sliver risking only one individual (me) not to re-enact the Texas Chainsaw Massacre within our townhouse complex (although I might add that to my TO DO list if my neighbours annoy me).

    I had lost the metal guide that came with the circular saw, but this worked well. Shame that when you upend a circular saw, all the sawdust and crap gets thrown into your face.

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    Membership of a Men's Shed might be a good option for those wanting to make a bit of noise and restricted by close neighbors.
    Chances are a well set up shed would have a bench saw.
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    Shame that when you upend a circular saw, all the sawdust and crap gets thrown into your face.
    Based on experience with my Triton, the sawdust also collects in the inverted "top" of the saw guard. Eventually it will pack solid and impede the rotation of the saw blade.

    So you need to upend the saw and bench regularly to clear the saw dust. It easier to do before the sawdust packs and compresses.

    If you use the bench a lot hooking up the shop vac to the port on the saw is recommenced.

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