I think this is my best bet to minimize the end clean up I'll need to do with a straight bit in my router. After reading some circular saw research, I'm leaning toward the Milwaukee 6390-20 with a tilt-lok handle for $129. It has a lot of good reviews.Yes, that's what I'd do. Cut one side to 2" then flip it and cut the other side. Hopefully your glue-up left the board ends a reasonable distance from each other so you shouldn't have to cut off very much. Just clean up the edge. You should be able to get close enough that any evidence can be erased with a sander. I've also seen this done with a router in a build from one of the WW mags.