Cutting a simple 2X4 in half--NOT diagonally or long! - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
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post #1 of 4 Old 12-26-2018, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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Cutting a simple 2X4 in half--NOT diagonally or long!

Both my new table saw DW745 and circular saw bind and kickback--I am becoming disenchanted with cutting wood as my life is more important. :-(
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Welcome to the forum, Don! When you get a minute complete your profile with location so it shows in the side panel.

Are the ends supported? It could be just as simple as the bade is being pinched by the weight of the boards. Either get a second pair of hands to assist or a support to hold the end of the board.

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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.



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Please describe the complete technique of how you do this cutting. Describe each saw. A picture of the board and saw to show relative position at the moment before cutting starts would be a great help.

Do you have a friend who is a carpenter or woodworker. This would be a good place to gain insight into the process. Or, there are woodworking stores that offer classes.

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