One of the youth at our church is working on his Eagle Scout project—a new fence around a section of the church property that will eventually hold some playground equipment.
As this project has grown…in timeline and features, it came to pass that 1” x 6” a 6’ board were going to be used for the pickets in the fence. And they wanted them dog-eared.
Yes, you can buy pre-made ones….
But that’s not what they did. I’m just labor, I didn’t get consulted….
So, the week before the workday that is actually supposed to start hanging pickets I’m thinking, how on earth are they going to cut all of those?
Ideally, a miter saw with some sort of stop block could do it….I don’t have one.
I do have a portable table saw.
So I ended up using my miter gauge and a small piece of 3/4” plywood clamped to my fence as a reference point. I soon figured after a few dozen I needed a way to get the little off-cut triangles out of the way.
So I just took the blade insert out of my saw and let them drop. Worked fine, except I discovered the plastic dust-collection housing piece underneath there was not made to withstand having small wood chunks thrown around by the blade….it is now cracked in several places. Live and learn.
I was able to dog ear all the pickets (all 356 of them) in probably about 90 minutes of cutting. One person handing me boards and me handing finished ones to another scout who stacked them.
I didn’t think to take my camera with me….
-- Grace & peace, Chris+