How to diagonally cut 4" X 4"

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Old 10-23-19, 07:27 PM
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How to diagonally cut 4" X 4"

I have a 10" table saw and a standard circular saw. Is there a way to make a diagonal cut in a 4 X 4 without having to turn it over and trying to line it up for the remaining wood cut?
 
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Old 10-23-19, 10:03 PM
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Nope. You need a 12" saw to cut through a 4x4 in one pass.
 
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Old 10-24-19, 05:27 AM
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Or cut as deep as possible with what you have and finish with a hand saw.
 
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A "hand saw"?? What the heck is that?
 
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I agree a hand saw is the only reasonable method to make your cut. Carefully scribe a line on the surface and follow it with the saw.
 
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I'd flip it over and make both cuts with either the miter or circular saw. While I own an assortment of hand saws, I detest using them!
 
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A "hand saw"?? What the heck is that?

https://www.grainger.com/product/45J...!g!71849054719!
 
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Excuse my misplaced sarcasm Wirepuller. During my misspent youth I worked summers as a framing carpenter for a guy building cracker boxes. We had one circular saw for every 4 framing crews and only the "master carpenter" was allowed to use it.

I can't count the number of studs and joists I have cut by hand. I even learned how to play the saw. Not as good as this guy though. I had an uncle "Corky" who was as good as this guy. A lost art.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kmft674XPC0
 
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It's not always about reach either. A shorter piece, say for a wheel chock or whatever is fine, but if you're working on a long piece, maybe a post, a table saw isn't the best way to go anyway. For something longer like that, and in the absence of a miter saw with auxiliary support, the safest way to do it is two opposing cuts with a circular saw and speed square. Yeah, you need to make sure everything is lined up right, but it can be done. Some of us predate a number of the modern luxuries, and we did just fine. Just one man's opinion.
 
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aka pedro, Please explain such a process in detail - I am all ears, or eyes, I should say. The cut I was hoping to make is 24 inches in length. On a 4 ft long 4 X 4, at the half way point, or 24 inches, I want to go in 1/2 inch, then angle up coming out at the top 1 and 3/4 inches in, leaving 1 and 3/4 inches of stock thickness remaining. Make sense?
 
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A "hand saw"?? What the heck is that?
LOL, didn't know you were that YOUNG! Guessing if I said I towed a stick shift Mazda the other day that would go over your head, too?

Pedro mentioned what ran through my mind, too; cutting a 4x4 on a table saw???
 
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Is there a way to make a diagonal cut in a 4 X 4 without having to turn it over and trying to line it up
I turn it 90 degrees, line the blade up in the previous cut and continue!
 
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Using the 90 on your speed square, draw a line all the way around the post. Then use the 45 on the square to cut your bevels on opposite sides of the post. Make sure that you are running the same side of the saw table along the square for both cuts. If the line around the post does not match up at all four corners your post is not true anyway, so the best you would get cutting it on anything is “close”.
 
 

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