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Old 06-09-2015, 11:06 AM   #1
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Cutting 6x6 With A Chain Saw ?


Building this swing set.

I've never cut beams with a chain saw. How goes it ?

I have a good Stihl 16"

Cuts 6x6 pretty good or what ?

I have a Makita worm drive also.
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Old 06-09-2015, 11:20 AM   #2
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Cutting large beams and timbers with a chain saw can work just fine.

It depends completely on how good you are with a chain saw.

Chain must be brand new sharp & tensioned correctly for best results.

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Thanks - I have a new chain and the one on it I sharpen with the file kit.

Haven't used the saw itself too much.
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Is it possible to build a saw guide for a chainsaw to give you a square cut on that beam?
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Is it possible to build a saw guide for a chainsaw to give you a square cut on that beam?

You could probably build one but there are a few manufacturers who already make them. They're great for timber framing and SIPs panels.
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Doing this tomorrow. I'll look on YT.
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It depends completely on how good you are with a chain saw.
I'll have to get a look at "Scarface" again tonight.......
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Is it possible to build a saw guide for a chainsaw to give you a square cut on that beam?
Yes.

Clamp or screw on some 2x4 scraps, on the flat on the top and either one or both sides to help you out.

Go slow and keep the bar square to the face of your 6x6.

Don't over think it.
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You can make a jig for just about anything, if it's worth your time...
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Thanks - I have a new chain and the one on it I sharpen with the file kit.

Haven't used the saw itself too much.
You might want to make some practice cuts first. I find a skill saw and sawzall much easier. A 6x6 isnt really big enough to justify a chain saw.
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You might want to make some practice cuts first. I find a skill saw and sawzall much easier. A 6x6 isnt really big enough to justify a chain saw.
I agree cut them this way all the time. Even a hand saw to finish the cut. Mark a line all the way around the post and make sure the lines match when meet back at the start.
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If you extend the bolt that clamps the bar and hold the bolt axis parallel to the beam axis then the saw can pivot like a chop saw.
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If you extend the bolt that clamps the bar and hold the bolt axis parallel to the beam axis then the saw can pivot like a chop saw.

Do you overthink everything in life?

A circ saw and recip will work fine, or a chainsaw if you're decent with it.


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You can make a jig for just about anything, if it's worth your time...

::whistles:: I'd love to see the pocket hole jig needed for plugs that size...

Sorry I didn't have anything useful to contribute, but that's all I could think when I saw the picture.

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Re: Cutting 6x6 With A Chain Saw ?


Thanks for the replies. I'll be at the job a bit later today.

It's been awhile since I've done 6x6's. Aside from the weight, I needed a re-up on cutting.

I can use my worm drive and sawzall I think will work well. Can't get my chain saw running.
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Do you overthink everything in life?
Only lately.

I've also adapted a strategy of coming up with at least two solutions to a problem even before I pick up a hammer. And usually the first doesn't work or is less desirable for one reason or another.

Think of it as a stretching or a weight lifting exercise for your mind.

Another good way to give yourself a heavy cognitive load is to balance your checkbook without a calculator. I'm working up to doing it without paper.

Push yourself.

You'll build up a reserve that you may need someday, maybe in a crisis.

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