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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 197 days ago

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 197 days ago

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 197 days ago

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

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#4 posted 197 days ago

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 197 days ago

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 197 days ago

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 197 days ago

What are you making?

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#8 posted 197 days ago

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 197 days ago

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

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#10 posted 197 days ago

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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Monte Pittman

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#11 posted 197 days ago

Router and chisel

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#12 posted 197 days ago

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

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