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Old 08-19-2012, 11:01 AM   #1
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:30 AM   #2
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Whats going on with that base plate of the saw? Do you have somekind of home made track set up?
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With all due respect to Bass...

Is a jig really necessary for that?
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Is a jig really necessary for that?

I've always just used a speed square.
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I use a speed sq too but then your pulling measurements for the offset and the cut can vary.
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I use a Big Foot or a Beam saw.
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Whats going on with that base plate of the saw? Do you have somekind of home made track set up?
The saw is set up for a rail (EZ guide)

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Is a jig really necessary for that?
I made that jig for my 16" Makita beam saw for cutting 6x6's, but I found it works nice for 4x4's too with smaller saws.[YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzecgPNpsOE[/YOUTUBE]

The benefits are no measuring the offset, zero clearance so less tear out, nice stable infeed and outfeed support, and I can hold the saw with one hand and hold the cut off with the other hand.

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I've always just used a speed square.
I've done that too, but like having the other hand on the saw or to pull the cut off away.
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I use a speed sq too but then your pulling measurements for the offset and the cut can vary.

I draw the line where I want the cut & start the cut freehand & move the square to the sawbase. Well, I used to, I don't build decks anymore.
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ALL, the jig is also good for cutting pyramid tops accurately.

I should make a video, the jig is very fast to use. It works well with just one Quick Clamp too.

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ALL, the jig is also good for cutting pyramid tops accurately.
Now that I could see. Pretty much every time a 4x4 is square cut, it gets covered up anyway. When finishing the cut, I switch to one hand, freeing the other hand to grab the chunk.
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Most of the time 4x4 PT are so twisted that you can draw a square line around each side and find that it dont meet starting point.

I rarely get to do deck either these days but I always framed down. Deck platform on temp supports then butted up my girder and finished with the 4x4 cut on a chop saw.
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Now that I could see. Pretty much every time a 4x4 is square cut, it gets covered up anyway. When finishing the cut, I switch to one hand, freeing the other hand to grab the chunk.
Yeah, I'm not fond of the kerf binding and the saw kicking right at jugular height.
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ALL, the jig is also good for cutting pyramid tops accurately.

I should make a video, the jig is very fast to use. It works well with just one Quick Clamp too.
I can see where it would work very well for pyramid tops, but just feel it would slow me down having to reclamp of flat tops.
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Yeah, I'm not fond of the kerf binding and the saw kicking right at jugular height.
Yeah, it's an acquired taste. I think as a framer, we cut a lot of big stuff and develop a good sense when things will bind or not. If the cutoff is large, I will usually have someone grab on. Also keeps it from falling on finished areas, or toes!!!
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I can see where it would work very well for pyramid tops, but just feel it would slow me down having to reclamp of flat tops.
It would be a little slower. That happens when you let the trim carpenter out of the house.

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Yeah, it's an acquired taste. I think as a framer, we cut a lot of big stuff and develop a good sense when things will bind or not. If the cutoff is large, I will usually have someone grab on. Also keeps it from falling on finished areas, or toes!!!
I've seen you guys hanging of off ladders plumb cutting rafter tails above yours heads with worm drives. I would need a bucket truck and a jig for that work too!
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If that is for a fence, we just scribe the line and cut it freehand with the beam saw. Same with arbor posts if they aren't visable after wrapping everything. Deck posts are usually cut with mitersaw or beam saw if they are already erected.

I would like to know how you guys frame your decks from the top down. Most decks I build are around 1000 sq. ft., with angles and 6 - 12ft off the ground. The ground is not always flat either.
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Mark, I always frame from the top down.

You might not think so but there are some steep hill sides over here and deep water sheds.

It's just a matter of long 2xs , temp braces,and diagonals. Doing this is so much faster. For Me anyway. Doing lower to the ground projects it is many times faster.

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