Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Central Florida
welcome as well - - -
as David said, if you watch how house framers cut lumber,
EQUAL supports must be on the ends that matches the middle.
especially when cutting free-hand with a circular saw. (any saw).
when you get your miter saw, the same technique applies.
the easiest and safest for you right now is to support the 2x4 on the
ground with 2x4 supports in several places - - - holding the wood firmly,
make your cut. adjust the blade to where it does not touch the ground.
and you are correct: a small jobsite saw can really inflict
some serious damage on the body. . . . I was almost killed
by a kickback with a small piece of wood on a jobsite saw . . . .
take your time - check your balance of the wood & work safe.
-- Failure is proof that you at least tried ~ now, go do it again, and again, until you get it right --