Measure Once, Cut 712 Times.....

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Blog entry by Chris Moellering posted 10-30-2012 12:15 AM 1984 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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+

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#1 posted 10-30-2012 12:51 AM

That would have been a GREAT excuse, uh, I mean REASON to get a miter saw. Nice of you to help out anyways. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 10-30-2012 01:56 AM

There’s nothing more satisfying (and mentally challenging) than helping a Scout reach Eagle stautus. Kudos to you, sir.

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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#3 posted 10-30-2012 04:04 AM

Well….did you get YOUR Eagle badge?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 10-30-2012 04:10 AM

that’s what scout do
sometimes the hardest way

it builds character

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 10-30-2012 05:40 AM

I was horrified to hear that you let the pieces drop down around the blade. Part of teaching scouts is teaching safety. Please for your sake and the sake of others nearby, please never cut on the T.S. with the insert removed.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 10-30-2012 10:51 AM

No, I never made it that far, I topped out as “Wolf” in Cub Scouts years ago then found something else to be interested in I suppose…

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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