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What side of the line you cut on depends on the circular saw you are using. Most circular saws have the blade on the left side of the tool, but there are some saws with the blade on the right.
When using a saw that has the blade on the left, (most common) you want to pull your measurement from left to right. In other words you will put the end of the tape measure on the left end of the material, and pull the tape to the right and make your mark. You should be holding the saw with your right hand, and this will put your body to the left of the saw, and over the piece you will be cutting. By doing this you will have a clear view of the saw blade and the line you are cutting. You want to see the line while making the cut to ensure you stay on it.
If you have a saw with the blade on the right you will want to do it opposite of the above. Pull your measurement from right to left, and hold the saw with your left hand.
You always want a clear view of the line while cutting, If you have a saw with the blade on the right, and you cut on the right side of the line, the motor of the saw will be blocking the line and you won't be able to see what's happening.
Measure and cut one piece at a time. Don't mark the whole sheet of MDF with all your cuts. This way you know for sure how big the piece will be, and you don't have to factor the blade thickness.
When it comes to marking the piece, always use a sharp pencil, you don't want a big ol fat line.
When it comes to cutting the piece, you want to split the line you marked. So when holding the piece you just cut you should barley see the line.
Last edited by SeekingNirvana; 08-12-2014 at 09:40 AM.