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10-09-2013 02:41 AM

Topic tags/keywords: farm table 4x4 miter saw

I am planning to make two farm style dining tables. One for me and one for a friend. I have really nice 4×4 pine for the legs.

How would you cut these to size? @ 29inches long

I have a circular saw with a 7 inch blade.

I have a 10 inch sliding miter saw. I was thinking about using the MS. Should I “chop saw” it or “slide cut” it?

Thanks for the help!

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#1 posted 10-09-2013 02:50 AM

I would use the 10” sliding miter saw, you have a chance of getting a better straighter cut. Just my opinion.

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#2 posted 10-09-2013 02:56 AM

Some of the newer 10” saws should be able to cut through a 4 × 4 with one chop. I would say there’s no reason to slide if a chop will do it. If it will not go all the way through, flip over and finish the cut. Either way the miter will do better than circular saw.

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#3 posted 10-09-2013 02:57 AM

With the miter saw you can start on the front edge and go about 1/2 way through the thickness, slide it back to cut that much, and come back to take the rest. I’ve done this to avoid burning, but it’s mainly for the sake of not bogging out your saw or causing vibration.

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#4 posted 10-09-2013 03:03 AM

Thanks all. I have this saw…

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-10inch-single-bevel-sliding-compound-miter-saw/p-00921237000P#crumbWrapper

So it should be able to handle it. I am hoping to “chop” cut the 4×4’s.

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#5 posted 10-09-2013 03:08 AM

“Cut Depth At 90 Degrees: 4 in”

You should be able to cut the 4×4 in one cut
according to their stats.

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#6 posted 10-09-2013 03:12 AM

Yep, that what I was hoping. I never cut a 4×4 before, so I don;t want to screw it up or get hurt. That’s why I asked for some help.

I knew the LJs would hook me up. :)

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#7 posted 10-09-2013 04:15 AM

On that saw I would use the slider and do it in about 4 passes, cutting it about a 1/16” longer then clean it up cutting it to size in 1 pass with a chop.

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#8 posted 10-09-2013 04:38 AM

Using a Stop Block, I would think you get it cut (rotating as required) with Chop or Miter saw.

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#9 posted 10-09-2013 04:52 AM

There’s always the good old hand saw… It has a pretty good depth of cut.

Of course, I’d be using the chop saw, but handsaws never get a lot of attention anymore, so I think they are vastly under appreciated.

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#10 posted 10-09-2013 05:12 AM

i have cut 4×4’s on some saws
that don’t cut that deep
i rotate the cuts a little longer on each end (1/4”)
then bring the part in for a final full cut
so the motor doesn’t touch the wood under it
there is enough room to the washers that hold the blade on
(on a 10” saw) to make a full cut
and just a sliver is between the blade and the motor housing

maybe try a scrap if you can first
see if it works for you
and that way you can check for square both ways
on the cut itself

do one end of all 4 legs
then a stop for the same length cuts to all
on the other ends

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