Looking for information about the new Kreg Tool Straight Edge Guide? This review will give you everything you need to know about one of the newest feature cutting tools from Kreg Tool.
If you’ve ever seen a project from us, you know we probably used a Kreg jig to build it. We are huge fans of Kreg Tool products for cutting and joining.
We’re excited to tell you all about their brand new cutting solution, the Kreg Straight Edge Guide!
This Kreg Straight Edge Guide review will give you all the information you need to know about the new circular saw guide tool, its uses, the best parts about it, and where you can get it.
Kreg Tool Straight Edge Guide
We are huge fans of the new Kreg Tool Straight Edge Guide and love how it helps make long straight cuts.
The Straight Edge Guide is a must have tool for your shop if you regularly work with long sheets of plywood. Here’s our take on it.
What is the Kreg Tool Straight Edge Guide?
The Kreg Tool Straight Edge Guide is a long, perfectly straight edge guide for using with a circular saw for cutting down plywood.
It’s extremely unsafe and inaccurate to try to push big sheets of plywood through a table saw, and using a 2×4 as a guide just isn’t going to provide accurate results.
The Kreg Straight Edge Guide is a metal cutting edge guide that clamps directly onto a piece of plywood and gives you extremely accurate cuts when ripping plywood.
What do I use the Kreg Tool Straight Edge Guide for?
The Kreg Straight Edge Guide is for cutting down long lengths of plywood, both lengthwise or ripping horizontally.
The Straight Edge Guide serves as an accurate tool for keeping your circular saw straight when cutting long sheets of plywood.
How do I use the Kreg Tool Straight Edge Guide?
The Kreg Straight Edge Guide is very simple to use. The guide clamps onto your sheet of plywood and gives you a smooth, straight surface for cutting.
To use the Kreg Straight Edge Guide, you first calibrate the guide to your exact circular saw by setting the retractable guides for where your specific circular saw blade is in relation to the side of the Straight Edge Guide.
Then, you make marks on each end of your plywood where you want the cut to go. So, if you want to cut a four inch strip, mark four inches in on one side and four inches in on the other side.
Then, you set the retractable guides to those markers and clamp the Straight Edge Guide onto the board in that spot by pulling back on it and locking it into place.
Finally, you simply push the retractable guides out of the way and push your circular saw through the board.
What are the pros of the Kreg Tool Straight Edge Guide?
The Kreg Straight Edge Guide is simply an amazing tool for cutting long strips of plywood repetitively and accurately.
We always have trouble with making long cuts on plywood and often end up making a cut with the circular saw and then running the smaller piece through the table saw to get an accurate result.
When we did our geometric plywood laundry countertop project in our new laundry room, we ripped down an entire sheet of 1/2″ plywood in just a few minutes using the Straight Edge Guide and all the strips came out exactly the same.
What are the cons of the Kreg Tool Straight Edge Guide?
The biggest con to me of the Kreg Straight Edge Guide is that it is just a large too. It’s difficult to store in its fully set up length. It can be broken down, but I don’t want to do that in between projects.
The Straight Edge Guide does come with several holes for hanging on peg board.
How to I assemble the Kreg Tool Straight Edge Guide?
Assembling the Kreg Straight Edge Guide is easy to do by following the directions that come with the tool.
Overall, you screw the base clamp and the handle in using a screwdriver and attach the guides together using the included metal bars and screws.
It took about 15 minutes to assemble the entire thing. If you’re doing projects with this tool, you can assemble it with no problem.
Where do I buy the Kreg Tool Straight Edge Guide?
You can buy the Kreg Tool Straight Edge Guide anywhere in stores and online that you normally do.
You can get it online on Amazon, Home Depot, Lowes or Kreg Tool, as well as other retailers.