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When cutting with a reciprocating saw, it’s standard practice to use a wood block as a guide
But if the block is secured on only one side of the blade — either above or below it — the blade can still wander beyond the cutline.
I wanted a more effective way to guide both sides of the blade when cutting the tops off some old studs before installing a header, and when I couldn't find a guide block that did the job, I fabricated one so I could make a more accurate cut.
As shown in the accompanying drawing, I simply took scrap 2x4 and made a square cut almost all the way through it — leaving only about a quarter-inch uncut.
Then I clamped the guide to the old stud — aligning the square cut with my cutline mark on the stud.
The cut guided the blade straight and square.
— Don Mathis, Macomb, Ill.
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