I have everything in my studio that I need to make prints. I am by trade a fine art lithographer. I have invested a lot of money in inks, paper, and presses. I want to safeguard my wares from vandalism and theft. I have had some minor break-ins in the past and therefore I must keep my fence is good order. It recently needed some repair and I had to borrow a circular saw to cut individual pieces that would fit together with what is already there. It is the perfect tool for such a small job. The problem is, I don’t really know how to use it. I have studied all the Youtube videos (like everyone else). What would we do without them? They explain just about everything there is.

Construction and woodworking tools require knowledge and skill. First you must understand the implement itself. It takes some acquaintance with specific terminology. For example, the review of my saw indicates that it cuts at a 90 degree angle and has a powerful 8.0 AMP motor for fast cutting action. The blade-left design is noteworthy and improves the visibility of the cutting line. Furthermore, it is lightweight at a mere six pounds, allowing for maximum maneuverability. It also has an electric brake which helps productivity. What’s more, the lock-off button will eliminate accidental starts. You can’t underestimate the value of this feature. The review on WoodworkNation.com goes on to mention a shaft lock for fast blade changes and the fact that the circular saw is double insulated. The blade is super important and is an 18T carbide tipped one. This is all you need to know before you begin to learn to operate the unit.

I follow the lead of the experts in videos. I like to see visually what needs to be done as opposed to reading printed directions with sketchy diagrams. I didn’t find a video of the particular job I need to execute, but after a dozen of them, I think I can adapt the tool to my needs. I suppose I could ask for help from a friend or neighbor, but I fancy myself as a potential do-it-yourselfer. I like to be self-sufficient about most things. That’s how I learned to make prints—trial and error.

After mending the fence, which took longer than I thought, I felt better about any break-ins to come. The fence will deter intruders, plus I have a series of locks on the door. I hate that feeling of violation you get when you experience a robbery. I know people aren’t looking for print-making materials but TVs, laptops, and money. I do keep a laptop and a tablet on hand in my studio so I can refer to some ideas that I have stored. I would be hard pressed to pursue my craft without them. I must protect my gear at all costs. If it means learning how to use a power tool such as a circular so, well so be it. I am willing to put in the time and effort.