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02-12-2016 09:49 PM

I need to cut a 2×4 diag for a wheelbarrow…I could jig or circular saw but that’d be a little sloppy…what’s the best way? Tapering jig in the table saw?


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#1 posted 02-12-2016 10:05 PM

Tapering jig is probably the best way.

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#2 posted 02-12-2016 10:15 PM

Bandsaw, cleaned up with a hand plane is what I’d probably do.

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#3 posted 02-12-2016 10:31 PM

Track saw

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#4 posted 02-12-2016 10:37 PM

Don’t have a track saw…could use a circular saw with a guide? Or the tapering his I guess..

Thanks guys

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#5 posted 02-12-2016 11:29 PM

I have done this with my circular saw before. Is it going to show when you are done? Or does it just need to be close? The circular saw method can get a little rough, though a guide helps.

-Brian

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#6 posted 02-13-2016 12:20 AM

I would use my table saw, sliding, taper sled to make this cut.

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#7 posted 02-13-2016 12:39 AM

Okay, what tools do you have, that you’re willing to use? The suspense is killing me.

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#8 posted 02-13-2016 01:26 AM

Table saw, band saw, jig saw, miter saw, circular saw….ill buy a jig if I have to lol

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#9 posted 02-13-2016 01:58 AM

Go cheap and easy. Draw the line you want, set between two other 2x’s and carefully cut the line. The other 2x’s will support the baseplate of your circular saw. When your don clean it up with a hand plane. It works I’ve done it a few times. It’s for a wheelbarrow. Like a mentor preached to me, “you ain’t building a piano”.

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#10 posted 02-13-2016 01:59 AM

You could jig the 2×4 with another straight 2×4 screwed to it.

-- 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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#11 posted 02-13-2016 02:17 AM

Like others have said use a taper jig.

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#12 posted 02-13-2016 10:11 PM

^ if I could build that jig, I wouldn’t ask how to make a taper cut. Wow, that’s a project in itself.

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#13 posted 02-13-2016 10:27 PM

The taper sled is not really too tough to build.

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#14 posted 02-13-2016 10:40 PM

I’m just not a jig guy, I guess. I’m sure it’s great for repetitive cuts of all kinds.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#15 posted 02-13-2016 10:44 PM

Hey Smitty we all do things the way they work for us,there’s almost always another way to do things in woodworking.

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