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Here鈥檚 one for ya. Safety police prohibited

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It would be better if he added a clamp to the fence but looks ok to me 馃榿

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It would be better if he added a clamp to the fence but looks ok to me 馃榿

I like the "automated" unclamping feature, when done with the cut.
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I didn't play it, the cover photo was enough. Give him credit for making do with what he has?
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I didn't play it, the cover photo was enough. Give him credit for making do with what he has?
It looked "off the wall", but by golly, it worked just fine including the unclamping feature.
It never would have occurred to me to use a miter saw in that configuration, but he apparently knew from previous use, it would cut a 4 x 4 clean through.
I would not have used a flimsy squeeze clamp, rather screw a support block under it AND a bar clamp to hold the saw.
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I would like to know how he lifted the miter saw up and clamped it to the post by himself.
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I would like to know how he lifted the miter saw up and clamped it to the post by himself.
I suspect the person who shot the video may have assisted him, hence no video of that step in the process.
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Having built decks before, I wonder why the upright wasn't cut to length before installation? But then I worked alone and didn't have anyone to record my activities.
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Having built decks before, I wonder why the upright wasn't cut to length before installation? But then I worked alone and didn't have anyone to record my activities.
It's hard to get the length spot on if you cut it first. Every hole will be dug a little deeper it shallower
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Having built decks before, I wonder why the upright wasn't cut to length before installation? But then I worked alone and didn't have anyone to record my activities.
In these days of laser levels, leave 'em long and cut 'em later.
I've also hung the joists level and cut them flush with a chain saw.
The post in the video looked about 4 ft above grade, maybe for a hand rail? or stairs?
It doesn't matter, just there's no context for the application of the miter saw in the video.
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It looked "off the wall", but by golly, it worked just fine including the unclamping feature.
It never would have occurred to me to use a miter saw in that configuration, but he apparently knew from previous use, it would cut a 4 x 4 clean through.
I would not have used a flimsy squeeze clamp, rather screw a support block under it AND a bar clamp to hold the saw.
That's exactly what I'd do.

I don't know how else you're going to get it cut perfectly square with a smooth cross cut surface.

I've never watched a professional do it but I assume they'd probably just do the best they can with a Sawzall.
You should see him trim rafter tails!
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I always set posts against a level string line along the line of posts by marking the post sitting on the bottom of the stone lined hole and then cutting it with the miter saw mounted in the work table. Didn't have an outdoor laser level.
Dumb is as dumb does!!!

gmc
What's dumb about the way he did it George?
I thought it was ingenious and other than the flimsy clamp, it worked as needed.
Would I use that method, probably not. Not because it isn't safe, but because I'd have a hard time lifting the saw and clamping it at the same time.
He's got bigger biceps and a lighter saw than me. I don't even like moving my 10" slider from the shelf to the stand.
I'd be concerned about damaging the saw, since it's not designed to work in that position.
Is this more or less safe than what I've always seen my dad do which is to just use a circular saw and make a pass on multiple sides?
Too much extra work. Take a skill saw and get the job done.
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If, and by if I mean never, I did this I'd have that sucker so clamped up it'd take longer to unclamp it than anything else. The only way it would be fall off there would be a tornado or perhaps a drunk driver hitting the post before I unclamped it.. DEFINITELY wouldn't be there with just a squeezy clamp.. Maybe I'm a born coward, but I tend to enjoy having all my arms and legs still attached to the rest of me at the end of the day.
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If, and by if I mean never, I did this I'd have that sucker so clamped up it'd take longer to unclamp it than anything else. The only way it would be fall off there would be a tornado or perhaps a drunk driver hitting the post before I unclamped it..
Suit yourself, but the flimsy squeeze clamp did a pretty fair job ... right up until the offcut fell down and knocked it off.
It's job was finished and it knew that. .... "I'm done here."
Too many clamps might tip the post over in the hole from the weight?
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