Multi-Angle Magnetic Hand Saw Guide





Introduction: Multi-Angle Magnetic Hand Saw Guide

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Probably you will have seen several times cutting magnetic hand saw guides. But I dare to say that never one guide that allows you to make the cut in several angles.

Here I’m presenting the multi-angle magnetic hand saw guide that I hope you like it and share your comments about it.

It's an indispensable guide which will become a "must" in your workshop.

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Step 1: Materials and Tools


  • Sapele & haya wood (Fagus grandifolia)
  • Disc Magnets (12mm x 3mm)
  • Araldite adhesive
  • 2 Zinc plated binding post screws (8mm x 4,5cm)
  • Linseed Oil
  • Double-Sided Adhesive Tape


  • Engineers Square
  • Portable drill
  • Drill Bit (12mm and 8mm)
  • Stanley No 5 plane
  • Rasp half round
  • Bessey Kliklamp
  • Sanding Paper grit 250
  • Japanese Saw
  • Pencil
  • Veritas wheel marking gauge
  • Screwdriver for slotted screws
  • Sliding Bevel
  • Safety Scraper
  • Chisel
  • Handmade Shooting Board
  • Handmade Magnetic saw guide 90º
  • Ruler

Step 2: Creating the First Main Piece

The project has 3 wooden pieces.

For the first main part I cut I piece of 14,5cm x 3cm x 2cm. I made it all with hand-tools as for me is very enriching and very important that this piece is fully square. For cutting it I used my Japanese saw and for smoothing my plane Stanley No.5.

Step 3: Preparing the 2 Other Pieces

Once the first main piece created, we can start with the other 2 pieces. For this, we have to mark the piece in other 2 equals. For the moment, they don't have to be necessarily the same, they can be approximate as later we will adjust them.

I made it with sapele wood but it can be done with any other you choose.

Step 4: Convert the 3 Pieces Into 1

Now we have to convert the 3 pieces into 1. For this, we will use double-sided adhesive tape joining the 3 pieces leaving the main one in the middle.

Once joint, I planed it making sure that the piece is completely square. I want to remark that maybe this is the most important part of the job, since the future cuttings will depend on the accuracy that we have worked in this phase.

Step 5: Drill the Holes

With a 8mm drill bit I made 2 holes at each end of the piece. It's very important to get a completely right hole, since these small details will make an exceptional final result.

Step 6: Round the Corners

I rounded the corners with a rasp half round. For this I used 2 washers as a guide and finally for a finer surface finish I used a sanding paper of grit 250.

Step 7: Separate the 3 Pieces

It's time to separate again the 3 pieces and for this I used a chisel and a safety scraper to remove the remaining adhesive.

Step 8: Continuing With the Main Piece

I mark and cut the main piece with a sliding bevel and then I make 5 holes with a 12mm drill bit and 3mm deep.

Once the holes done I use araldite adhesive for gluing the disc magnets.

Step 9: Last Stage and Assembly

I cover it with linseed oil for protecting and polishing the wood and finally I build it with 2 zinc plated binding post screws (8mm x 4,5cm).

And here is the result for an essential hand-tool for every woodworker.



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In the materials list you say disc magnets. Are they a particular type. Not rare earth I assume


do those bolts you used go by any other names? i can't seem to find any

I had never seen any similar and the truth is that it is very useful.

I have also to say that I would prefer mine... rather than the eBay one!!

Thanks for your input!

That ebay one is nasty! I like yours much, much better. So much that I will have to make my own. I'm not sure how the wood will do for a precision tool where I live, the humidity swings tremendously in one day. I may have to go with aged tropicals and brass. Hmmmmm...

Congratulations to third place in the woodworking competition. And the price fits perfect for you.

Thanks Stephan, although it seems strange the prize that makes me happier is this third price because what you are telling, I think that it fits perfect to me. And all thanks to your recommendation!! Thanks again.

I have not seen these before. Please would you add section 10, How to use it ?

I can imagine the saw running along the magnets, but how is it clamped to the bench or workpiece ?

At the beginning of the video you can see some examples of how to use it.