Perfect, Painless Siding Cuts
Cutting lap siding is tough because it’s awkward to “four-wheel” the saw over the laps. Next time you’re faced with cutting through siding, make a plywood cutting jig. Screw a 1×3 or 1×4 fence to a 12-in. strip of plywood about 6 in. from the edge. Then rip off the excess plywood. Screw the guide right to the siding with the edge of the plywood directly over the desired cutting line, and set the cutting depth to cut just through the siding, including the thickness of the jig. The saw’s base will ride on the flat surface and you’ll get a perfect cut every time. With a diamond blade, this trick works great for stucco, too.