Skil Saw Pro Tips

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This saw has nearly single-handedly reshaped construction, especially framing and forming processes. Here are some tips I have picked up over the last 40 years. I do not recommend you try these, I’m simply sharing for informational and entertainment purposes.

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Measure once, Cut 4 times 0:36
Miter by Hand 3:49
Cutting Thicker Lumber 5:16
Quick and Clean Notching 6:40
Polish Plane 8:00
Plunge Cut 8:44
Hang from Cord 10:39
Say Goodbye to Tangled Cords 11:38
Square Cuts without Marking 13:35
How to Cut Nails 15:16
Cutting Sheet Metal 16.26

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Drampa Dreg says:

Before I tried any of the techniques you demonstrated I would need a good worm drive saw like the one you are using. My neighbor used to work with two other carpenters building houses and I couldn’t figure out how they could build one in three days, I think you just showed me.
By the way, you have a kind of Chevy Chase thing going on but with more talent, thanks for the video. And I did hit that subscribe button, some real time savers there like measure once and cut 4 times instead of measure twice and cut once.

Jason Hill says:

Between him and Larry Haun, it’s clear I know nothing about circular saws!

matt miller says:

I absolutely love your content

Fucc Nuts says:

ur bad ass holmes. old skool gangster framer. much respect.

Logan Kessels says:

magnesium table will not bend it will crack I have experienced this first-hand

Kurt Shampine says:

im gonna be like you one day

Sauder D Archer says:

This last summer I, very much on my own, discovered the “polish Plane”. I’m really glad that I am not the first guy to figure this one out and I’m glad there’s a name for it already. Thank you for all your videos!

Dean Rasmussen says:

Anyone who does this sort of work can appreciate the no-nonsense way he gets things done. Obviously, these are the advanced skills and shortcuts of a professional with many years of practice. But I can’t excuse him for not wearing PPE when using power equipment. Anyone who values their sight and hearing has to commit to wearing protection if they are doing this type of work hour after hour. Find PPE that works for you and your situation; they make gear nowadays that is both comfortable and effective.

herbsu43 says:

How do you clean up that gravel floor?

LordRha Technology Guide says:

I think, it is really Great.. I am newer than newbie in wood working.. I wont be taking time to follow anything on this.. I prefer a safer way in cutting a wood.

Tosh Noviembre says:

This guy is a pro!

Graffiti Masters says:

I am thinking this man sleeps with his skil saw.

Christopher Celaya says:

19 minutes versus the years of hands on discovering these techniques if I was lucky. Thank you so so much!

Alan Russell says:

You sir are a framing ninja.

William Ambrogio says:

Nice demo, I’ve been bit before, but I still have all my fingers

Indicafatbud says:

i wouldent want to open up the boards to bugs and rot. dont plung cut your saw because you dont have a hook.

Keith O'Brien says:

Wow. Appreciate the tips. You’re experience shows.

Pete Larson says:

I respect my,
1 vehicles
2 guns
3 power tools

diego marques says:

parece fácil. …poha …aqui no Brasil tem o diabo da makita que sempre pula na hora de cortar. ….é uma ato de coragem serrar com makita rsrsrs

Monty Cantsin says:

That chain stitch is good when you strap down a load with a rachet strap, and you have a long tail. Helps prevent the old “Isadora Duncan”.

Ken Durham says:

Skil Saw only or circular saw in general?

Thesaurus says:

Great video. You’re obviously an experienced carpenter. However, I doubt you’re a structural engineer. Over cutting a birds mouth is not advisable. Ask any roofer who has to stand on the decking of your rafter tail. If your over cut hits a hairline between the light and dark grain, it will fracture. Especially if the pine is particularly dry.


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Jason Washburn says:

Dude got them mad saw skills.

Shane Mclean says:

This guy is the grand master.

Lyle Yazzie says:

I wonder if the polish would be offended

diego marques says:

parece fácil. …poha …aqui no Brasil tem o diabo da makita que sempre pula na hora de cortar. ….é uma ato de coragem serrar com makita rsrsrs

Colorado Mountain Man says:

Great video. And what a shop! I hope my next shop is as large though I think I would pour that final piece of concrete so as not to have a step right where you are working. I too am an “old time” carpenter having started building custom homes with an old carpenter back in ’73. And oddly enough, even though I use all the methods used in the video, I do have my hearing, all my fingers and toes. Just a couple things I would like to mention: On the rafter layout you should have shown the 12:6 setup for the square for your seat cut and could have saved a step when marking out the bird’s mouth for 3-1/2″ while the square was still in position for the plumb cut layout. The “Polish Plane” which has been a standby of mine for countless years is much safer to use if you hole the saw at a 45″ angle (or more) instead of the 90 degree angle as shown. Much safer as the blade won’t catch and kick back. (At least less a propensity to do so.). Lastly, it would have been good to mention to never run the blade through a hardened screw whether it is a drywall screw, timber-lock, decking screw or what have you. Not only will this quite nicely remove the carbide from the teeth but it will also send the pieces of carbide and screws in a most dangerous manner. Think shrapnel. Great to see a well versed carpenter sharing his tricks with the “newbies” and yes, don’t try these techniques unless you are very comfortable with the use of a saw. PS. The worm gear style of saw shown is much safer than the sidewinder style of saw as the weight of the saw and the location of your arm (and shoulder) behind the saw create a much sturdier brace as opposed to the arm above the saw allowing the wrist to function as a pivot point. Thumbs Up!

Jared Kay says:

Lol the polish plain!

Bryan Thunders says:

This is wizardry

Jack F says:

you can learn a lot from this guy,,,,, however i disagree with nails and your blade… i like to have a sidewinder cheap skillsaw with me also , and use it if theres nails…… brand new diablo blade is soo awesome ….. . they are however exactly like chainsaw blades…. one nail, or concrete floor , or gang plate,,, and they are never the same again,,

justwhat youreallythinking says:

Alot of these tricks i was raised to do as if it was the standard. Tip my hat to you boss

Topher says:

Great video! Subscribed!

Steve homestead says:

Cutting a deeper birds mouth in a rafter will compromise the strength. I finish the cut with a good handsaw or a good square jigsaw. great vid all the same

c c says:

Mad skill

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