This saw is a 12" DeWalt chop saw that can do compound miters and can slide out to cut wood up to 12" wide. Sort of like a radial arm saw.

This is a Sears Drill Press.

A How-To by a HS Tech Student

Tools Used:

  • a pair of goggles
  • a pair of ear plugs
  • common sense

This is like a huge radial arm or chop saw. We use it to cross cut sheets of plywood. The saw is a standard circular saw mounted on tracks


My list of tools for the techie. In order of preference.

  1. Drill/Screw Gun
  2. Jig/Sabre Saw
  3. Router
  4. Sander
  5. Circular Saw*

If you were to have just numbers 1 & 2, you would be well on your way to building just about any set you'd need to.

* Personally, I dislike circular saws. I have a couple of them, but I don't use them much for freehand work. Perhaps my dislike goes back to the Red Cross first aid training tape showing a construction worker being injured (fake for the tape) while using one. These things can buck back at you if the wood pinches. I've seen this happen a few times.

Comments & Suggestions from our visitors:

Tech Tip - when using a screw gun, make sure it's in the lower speed for driving screws. Then "squeeze and release" the trigger. This technique prevents the screw head from getting stripped. NEVER allow the bit to rattle around in the screw head.

Chris Jahn, ATD, Actor's Playhouse Coral Gables FL


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