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Forum topic by Knot_Head posted 02-03-2010 03:59 AM 1133 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2010 03:59 AM

I have designed a custom pergola project that has a detail cut on the end of the rafters and I am trying to find a way to cut them. The timbers are 6” x 6” and here is what I am thinking, taking my band saw and putting it on a rollers and position the timber so that it is level on sawhorses and then simply move the band saw on the rollers around and make the cut. Is this possible? Has anyone does it this way? I don’t / can’t afford a portable band saw.


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#1 posted 02-03-2010 04:02 AM

That’s exactly what Norm did one this old house.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-03-2010 04:05 AM

I would be more inclinded to do it with hand tools.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 02-03-2010 04:19 AM

My whole thing is a want to be a safety conscious as I can be and this has me a little….....

Is there any plans for how to build a moveable base that will allow moving with little ease? I just want to make sure I build this thing where I can have control over the cutting process 100%. The detail is not very very detailed but it is detailed enough I need to be able to move the saw around easily with no jumps etc..

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#4 posted 02-03-2010 05:31 AM

I have a Prazi Beamcutter that I’ve used for things like this.

It replaces the blade on a circ saw, but only certain models. I happen to have a DeWalt it fits. I wouldn’t build a log cabin with it, but it worked acceptably for me for small projects over the years. But it’s pricey if you’re only going to use it once.

-- Failure is the road to success if you learn to learn from your mistakes - Vince, Greenville, SC

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#5 posted 02-03-2010 05:31 AM

I saw something like this in a magazine, can’t remember which, they used air lifts, like a hover craft,sometimes appliance movers use them, the saw rides on a cushion of air allowing it full freedom of movement

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#6 posted 02-03-2010 05:39 AM

Chainsaw = tearout in my mind. How bad is it?

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