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    Hi:

    I have a very large deck with numerous 6x6 cedar posts on 8ft centers. I need to cut the top 2inches off but don't want to remove them. Want to cut in place. Any thoughts or ideas? Thanks

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    Re: Cedar Post Cuts

    If you're not going to cap the cut ends, you are looking at a lot of work! Even with a cap, it'll be tricky. To cut, start with a circular saw. It's a tricky cut as you have to hold the saw up to the line and keep it there as you cut all the way around. Once you've done that, you won't be all the way through. You can knock off what's left with a hammer and then belt-sand it flat or you can finish the cut with a hand saw.
    I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.

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      Re: Cedar Post Cuts

      Time to break out the Stihl 034 super (best saw IMO) or any chain saw.

      In Maine we call that chain saw carpentry
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        Re: Cedar Post Cuts

        Make a jig to support the saw. Take two pieces of lumber or ply and make a right angle/L-shaped piece. Place this on your post and clamp it so that the saws' base plate can ride along side it and is supported by it. Cut the two faces, then move the jig and cut the remaining two faces. This will take the weight of the saw and allow for a safe and decent quality cut.
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        John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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          Re: Cedar Post Cuts

          Originally posted by Bob D. View Post
          Make a jig to support the saw. Take two pieces of lumber or ply and make a right angle/L-shaped piece. Place this on your post and clamp it so that the saws' base plate can ride along side it and is supported by it. Cut the two faces, then move the jig and cut the remaining two faces. This will take the weight of the saw and allow for a safe and decent quality cut.
          Might prove to be difficult where there is a railing, Bob.

          Clamp a guide, as Bob said, but all the way around, then use a Jap saw. They are super sharp and will cut thru those Cedar post in no time at all. If railings are not up, do as Bob says...
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