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01-14-2014 04:44 PM

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Hello everyone. I’ve been watching this forum for a while.
Finally signed up.
I have a 4×4 that I need to cut.
How would I cut it safely and accurately.
Hopefully the picture uploaded.
I want to avoid cutting and then gluing the little corner back.
Thanks in advance.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 01-14-2014 05:06 PM

I hope I am understanding you correctly here. Is it about 7 to 10 inches or so? And what is it for?

Just guessing now, but if you have a router you could do it with that, with a rabbeting bit and then clean it with some chisels. Or you could just use a chisel and a mallet and some straight edges to do it.

You could also make it a little easier by make small cuts with a handsaw into the work, to relieve the chisel a bit.

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#2 posted 01-14-2014 06:09 PM

I agree with Kaleb that a router and chisel would work.

Another option is a drill press. Drill out as much as possible and then chisel out the remaining material.

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#3 posted 01-14-2014 06:32 PM

A router would be the easier way or a chisel would do it too.

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#4 posted 01-14-2014 08:07 PM

I don’t think that my router bits will go that deep.
It will be 6” from the end.
I’ll try a scrap piece on table then glue the end to show what I need. It’s for a table.

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#5 posted 01-14-2014 08:13 PM

If it is too deep for a router then waste away most of it on the drill press w/ Forstner bit and clean up w/ chisel.

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#6 posted 01-14-2014 08:23 PM

Would use a hand saw to notch ends. Then use my circular saw set to depth cut long way on both sides as far as possible. Chisel out what could not cut. If had a table saw would use that vise circular saw.

-- Bill

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#7 posted 01-14-2014 08:41 PM

What are you making?

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#8 posted 01-14-2014 08:44 PM

You can pick up a cheap oscilating saw from harbor freight for about $20. I used one last year to notch out a 4×4 for a sign and that worked pretty good.

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#9 posted 01-14-2014 08:46 PM

There will be 2 of these. the ends of the table top.
Cuts will be underneath.

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#10 posted 01-14-2014 09:19 PM

I do like Bill’s suggestion: Use a hand saw to notch ends, then a circular saw set to depth; cut long way on both sides as far as possible and chisel out the rest.

Another possibility, if there were many of these to do, is rip the 4×4 in half via bandsaw, make your half lap cut on one, the glue them back together. That’s drastic, but if there were many on the board I’d consider it over all the chiseling if fit and finish were paramount.

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#11 posted 01-14-2014 09:42 PM

Router and chisel

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#12 posted 01-15-2014 02:59 AM

Hogging out with forstner bits and cleaning up with chisels would be my bet…BC

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