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  1. Even though I am right handed, I still find it very awkward using the “right handed” circular saw. Simply because I can’t see the blade (unless I lean over the saw which is not ideal). Even when I use the speed square when cutting planks of wood across the grain I’ll still get a crooked cut. I have seen other videos where other wood workers much prefer the the saws with the blade on the left hand side for that exact reason. After watching Steve’s videos very closely, and recently signing up to his weekend projects course, I can really appreciate how super talented and at the the same time how extremely modest he is. I love the way he can distill all of the otherwise “complexities” into easy and simple to understand instructions and make them super accessible for amateur diy’ers like me. But I have also gained a real understanding and respect for the actual skill involved both in wood working and in using all these tools effectively. So the solution to my initial problem (outlined the start of this rant) is practice ! Practice! Practice! There ain’t no shortcuts to success!!

  2. Thank you for the tip about cutting on the ground on a piece of styrofoam. I have been having issues with cross cutting 35cm treated planks where the last 3-4cm of the cut was very skew and the saw kicked back even though I clamped the edges. I started to think I need to test my blade alignment but this makes more sense.

  3. Switch it off at the wall after every cut, or better yet, unplug it. If it's cordless, remove the battery instead. Out of all the tools I own, the circular saw is by far the most worrying to use. I spend a lot more time setting up the cut and doing a dry run than I do actually making it, and it's actually got power to it for maybe 10-20 seconds before and after each cut. Probably overly cautious, but a circular saw with no power going into it isn't going to injure me as much as a spinning blade.