I am building a bed, with large posts at each corner. I need to cut the ends
off square and level. The posts are to large to fit in my miter saw, and I
don't have a large band saw, not that it would help much. Any ideas on how
to get them square and flush other the a ton of work with a plane and
sandpaper? I don't know if it matters but they are octagonal posts out of
hard maple (I know maple is not a common bedroom furniture wood, but I like
Thanks So much for any help. I'm betting that someone has some real easy
trick that will help.
Will your miter saw cut half way into the posts? If so you could cu
half way down, then flip the post and cut the other half to finish th
job. As long as you have a stop block or reference to butt the othe
end of the post up to to ensure it is cut at the same length eithe
side, you should be able to cut it square and even with veryt littl
Will your miter saw cut half way into the posts? If so you could cut half
way down, then flip the post and cut the other half to finish the job. As
long as you have a stop block or reference to butt the other end of the post
up to to ensure it is cut at the same length either side, you should be able
to cut it square and even with veryt little sanding required?
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Just depends on what machinery you have at hand.
You can do a work and turn on the table saw with a sled. You'll need to
be sure the sled and saw are really tuned up. I am doing this for some
3 3/4" QS White Oak posts for a mission bed I am doing right now. The
TS I have access too is just a bit our of wack so I get about 1/32" of
overlap misaglined cut but I have a deep edge sander and some tests
showed I can clean it up real easy with that.
Well, traditional bedposts were turned in a lathe, on centers. If you
some kind of center pivot (drive a nail in?), and turn the post, you
can at least
mark the cut accurately. Then use a handsaw. Traditional woodworkers
might have used a bow saw, they're easy enough to make.
Hopefully I understand your problem correctly. If it is just a case of being
able to mark the cut accurately around the post, and the post is not
tapered, then you could use a card wrap. A piece of card, fairly robust but
not too thick - perhaps the thickness of a gift card. A rectangular shape,
ideally deeper than the diameter of the post, and longer than the
circumphrance of the post (so that there is a certain amount of overlap when
wrapped around the post). Ensure that the edge you will be using to mark
the post is dead straight. Wrap the 'wrap' around the post with the
straight edge where you want to mark/cut the post - pull it tight and snug
and make sure that the two ends of the cutting edge meet/overlap perfectly.
Mark around the marking/cutting edge. If done properly this should give you
a 90 degree cut all around.
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