MAX CUT 2 Circular Saw Crosscut & Miter Jig




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I have this new jig I recently built. I thought it was a unique jig to have in the shop. I wish I had this years ago when I first started experimenting with wood.

I decided to give this jig a name. I didn't put much thought into it. The first thing that came in my head was Max Cut. I named it MAX CUT 2 because I recently built one that could have used some improvement.

In this Instructable, I want to share the MAX CUT 2. If you are a visual person like myself, I have a video, as well, that goes into greater detail. I am working on a limited tools' series for the viewers on youtube to get them started. This jig is a part of that series.

Measurements for this Jig

Base 25 inches D x 32 inches L Pine Plywood

Front support 32 inches 2x2 Length Select Pine

Back Support 8 inches Length 2x2 Select Pine

Large Saw Base 4.5 x 25 inches

Small Saw Base 1 x 25 inches (2)

Fence 1 x 25 inches Miter attachment. This well vary

Links to items I used

- Adhesive Measureing Tape

- Screw Cap Covers

- T-nuts -

- E-Z lock threaded insert

Tools used

- Clamps

- Speed Square

- Framing Square

- Circular Saw

- Drill -

- Counter sink bit

- Hack saw

- Hand saw

Step 1: Cutting the Jig Base

The base of your jig can be any size you feel is necessary for your space.

I made my jig 25 x 32 inches; 32 inches will be the width of the base.

Since this is part of my limited-tool series, I also made a guide to help viewers cut a straight line with a circular saw. See video Link

Here is another circular saw guide for more advance viewers. See Video Link

Step 2: Attaching the Front Support

The front support is measured at 32 inches in length. I used a 2 x 2 for this. If you want the max depth of your saw cut, then consider using something larger than a 2 x 2. For example, you could use a 2 x 4 and rip it to meet your needs.

I used a speed square as a guide to make the cut on the 2 x 2. Clamping the speed square is recommended; this way you can focus on making a straight cut.

Now, clamp the 32-inch support along the the edge of the base. Then, flip the base upside-down (still clamped).

Add screws along the edge. Pre-drill and use a counter sink bit to flush mount the screws.

Step 3: Cut the Base for the Saw

This may vary on different brands of saws. For the large side of the base, measure from the edge of the plate to the blade guide. Don't measure all the way to the blade. Remember, you want to see through the track where the blade will touch the blade.

Now, using the saw guide, make your first cut (for my saw I made this cut 4.75 inches ). Then, take the speed square to cut this piece of wood to 25 inches in length.

Make a second cut that will also be the support for the base. This will be for the opposite side of the blade. (For my saw, this was 1 inch.) This also needs to be cut to 25 inches in length.

To make the fence, I needed to cut one more piece of wood -- also measuring at 1 inch. For the fence, we will need (2) cut-to 25 inches in length -- one for each side of the saw base.

Step 4: Attaching the Fence to the Base

Now, place the large base on a flat surface and clamp the fence to the base.

Add screws along the outside as shown in the picture. Then, do the same for the small side of the base.

Step 5: Cutting the Back Support

Raise the saw to this maximum height. Then set the saw in the track.

Square up (as shown in the picture). Then measure the back, middle, and front of the track. You should have the same measurements at all three points.

Take this measurement and cut the 2 x 2 for the back support.

Step 6: Attach the Track Guide

Set the back support on the rear of the base. Then, place the large side of the track on the two supports. I placed the track so that the saw blade sits approximately 18 inches from the end (referring to the side of where the stop block sits).

Take a 2 x 2, and clamp it down. Then take a framing square and square up the 2 x 2 to the front support. There should be no gaps in between the framing square and either 2 x 2.

Pull the large saw base to the 2 x 2, and clamp it down. One final time, check the squaring on the track to the front support. If everything looks good, clamp it down and screw it in place. Don't forget to flush the screws' heads, so they clear the base plate of the saw.

Step 7: Attach the Back Support

Attach the back support (as shown in the photos).

Step 8: Finishing Up the Saw Track

Attach the other side to the saw track. Clamp it down first. The saw should move freely without friction, but there should be no play within the track.

Screw the track in place.

Now, drop the saw blade just enough to score the plywood base. Then make your first cut.

Step 9: Adding the Miter Attachment

First thing first, the edge of reference must be straight for this to work.

Now, take the speed square and clamp it down like I have in the photo. A small square will work, as well.

Insert the 2 x 2, and clamp it in place.The 2 x 2 should be butted up on the framing square.

Take the saw and cut the attachment.

To hold the attachment in place, I used 1/4-inch bolts and t-nuts.

Drill the holes for the bolts using a 1/4-inch bit so there will be not play in the hole.

Flip the jig over, and install the t-nuts.

I ended up cutting two of the bolts so they do not exit out the back of the jig. Now, install the screws, and your jig is done.

Step 10: Quick Test

To check the accuracy, cut a piece of wood, and check your work with a framing square. It should be squared without any gaps.

Step 11: Making the Stop Block

The stop block is made from a 1 x 2 pine.

I have many pictures for this stop block. It is self-explanatory.

Thanks for checking out this instructable. Good luck with your jig!. Feel free to ask any questions.

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39 Discussions


Question 9 months ago on Step 8

Great work, great jig!

I would like to build one.

Just two questions:

1) What distance do you suggest between the miter attachment and the final edge?
I would like to leave a good distance to be able to cut wide boards straight.

2) What do you suggest doing to cut the thinner wood? wood?

Thank you


Tip 11 months ago on Step 11

Really good clean video. Only thing to change, which you pointed out with the brass insert, would be to put the EZ threaded insert in the other side of the wood on the "cut off length gauge."


1 year ago

Very good indeed, tahnks for sharing it!!!


Question 1 year ago

I own a table saw but when it comes to crosscutting a sheet of 4' material it is easier with a crosscut jig. I plan to construct one. I was wondering why you didn't make yours for four foot sheet goods.

Thank you



1 year ago

EXCELLENT; tutorials don't get much better than this!

Building one of these for sure!


1 year ago on Step 11

Excellent instructable and excellent jig! This is a low cost solution for people who don't have the space or the need to invest in a table saw. Fit this jig on a table of a workmate and with a simple circular saw, you could make quite a lot of precise cuts thanks to the stop. Essentially a high capacity radial saw. By setting the blade depth, you could even cut dados and tenons! My advice is to try and have a bit more than 60 cm/2ft in net cutting capacity as that covers you for the depth of most counter tops, drawers, cupboards, etc... So if you need to add a shelf in a cabinet or replace a drawer bottom, it's a breeze.

spark master

Tip 1 year ago on Step 11

Sweet build,

I am surprised you didn't use glue as well as screws. As for the Tee Nuts (in 1/4 20), you can set them with epoxy I have filled them with wax (carefully) I have also just used 1/4 20 nuts or threaded rod connectors I epoxed in place (wax plugs easily disloged with a bolt).


1 year ago

A superb lesson with exceptional illustrations.

Thank you very much.

Mickey Oberman


Question 1 year ago on Step 2

Do you ever have a problem with the clamps breaking?


1 year ago on Introduction

Thanks for posting this video. Great addition to any wood working shop.


1 year ago on Step 8

I really enjoy your videos and how -to instructions. You're an outstanding instructor.. Keep up the good work.


Question 1 year ago on Introduction

Just to say best jig I has seen and so well explained on how to make it too, hope to try making one next few days. Thanks for sharing it with every one.


1 year ago

Very nice jig. Rally. It has inspired me.
I'm working right now on my own one. A simplified one: Smaller, without miter attachment (for the moment). As I still don't have a big surface to work, I'm limited on not using a plywood panel for cutting several pieces.


1 year ago

Very nice project. Well done and thanks for sharing. Will be making one with some larger measurement modifications to take 4` wide boards.

Kind regards.


2 years ago

Hi diycreators,

Thank you for this jig, very nice and easy to build.

Best regards


2 years ago

anyone have cutting plan for this project? tia


Reply 2 years ago

why would you need it for a router?


Reply 2 years ago

Dado for a bookshelf? Plenty of reasons. Some people are squeamish using routers, and having it in a track gives them the confidence to proceed. It's all good baby :)


2 years ago

Excellent tutotial, Thanks. The best jig i ever saw.