New Circular saw, why can't I cut straight?
I just bought a new circular saw by skilsaw, the lowest end one, the $40 model. It should work fine for my needs, but I bought it to cut straight and I can't seem to cut straight. Out of 5 cuts I got one right. I am crosscutting plywood that is 24" in width. I have two sawhorses and two 2x4s running from sawhorse to sawhorse to keep the plywood from sagging. I'm using a long plywood board as my fence and it is pretty straight. The first few cuts my fence was clamped to the plywood, but my plywood was not clamped to the two by fours (2x4s are also not clamped to anything, but they're heavy). So the plywood slid a bit because it wasn't clamped down. For my most recent cut I clamped the plywood and the fence down to the 2x4s. They are heavy enough they kept the plywood from sliding, but my cut still veered away from the fence!
I am right handed and the fence was on the left side of the saw. I read somewhere that perhaps I should try putting the fence on the right side so that when my hand wants to veer that direction it will stay against the fence. Any other tips?