If its not designed for cutting wood what is it for? Chris Swartz himself advocates the use of the Circ Saw for just this in his workbench book.Steve Maskery":3ceb08n5 said:I wouldn't cut 4" stuff with a CC.
A lump of wood 4" x 24" by the length of a workbench say 6' equals 4 cubeSteve Maskery":3dwtuvjc said:I wouldn't cut 4" stuff with a CC. They are not designed for that. I'd do it on a bandsaw, or get a good rip saw sharpened up and work up a sweat.
I do like the elbow grease option however I think the OP wants to crosscut as opposed to rippingphillimp":3dwtuvjc said:Hi All,
Any advice for the best tool to make a good clean cut through 4 inch thick ash (width is 24 inches)? This is for the top of a workbench that I need to square off to length.
phillimp":ufwxg5w8 said:Have just purchased a brand new 30 teeth blade for my CC - hopefully this will do the trick - and should be better than the blade that it originally came with.
I've done this before with a hand held circular saw (trying to cut through a very thick lump of elm) and it's fraught with difficulty. Even cutting through from both sides you may not get the cuts to line up, plus there will be a significant build up of dust in the groove which won't have a chance to clear. My advice, based on experience, is NOT to proceed as it may ultimately be very expensive...trying to cut that elm burnt out the motor on my deW saw, so I had to spend £120 on a new one...get it wrong and it's an expensive mistake. Proceed at your peril!katellwood":3tsas9bs said:My advice would be to use a hand held circular saw running along a straight edge clamped to the timber and set to take a cut just over 2" deep.
You then need to take a cut from each side/face.
As a few others have said you are really using the wrong machine for the job.phillimp":1gjcblwu said:The blade is 184 * 16mm (Dewalt DT1151). Will I be better off with the blade that the CC came with (that I believe is 18)? Or does it depend on how deep I cut through each pass?