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metazone 12-14-2013 09:57 PM

How to <cheaply> cut 2x4s lengthwise
Anyone know the best way (or place) to get the following done (I don't want to buy an expensive electric saw -- if a place can do it, would be great -- I sent an email to a local lumber place and HD and Lowes & am waiting for their responses -- dunno if HD and Lowes do that type of precision work and dunno if lumber place does this really small job): I need 4 pieces of 2x4's cut to the following: 1 1/2" wide, 1 3/4" deep, 18" long. In other words, I need an existing 2x4 to be cut lengthwise from its normal height/depth of 3 1/2" to the new height/depth of 1 3/4" (and for the width of 1 1/2" to stay the same).

If I were to do this on my own, can anyone recommend how I can achieve this without using a circular saw? If I were to use a hand saw, which type? And what would I need to put it on -- I don't have a workspace set up. I'm only doing this once so ... I don't want to invest a great deal of money if I don't have to (I'm ok w/ doing it by hand and it taking a while but I need the 1 3/4" depth/height to be fairly accurate).

Thanks --

Pittsville 12-15-2013 01:52 AM

Place an ad on Craigslist asking for help from someone local who owns a table saw with a rip fence. Offer a six pack as payment and you'll get exactly what you need.

oh'mike 12-15-2013 03:34 AM

See if there is a local woodworking club----they always welcome guests---one of the members will be glad to slice your 2x4s---

Many local hardwood shops also have cutting and milling services----however the charge might be substantial---

PoleCat 12-15-2013 05:43 AM

A circular saw with a guide can be had for pretty cheap these days. Check out harbor freight or garage sales. Table saw is the best tool to use. A hand saw would be like self flagellation.:huh:

joed 12-15-2013 08:45 AM

It is only 18" long. you could easily do this with a hand saw.

chitownken 12-15-2013 09:51 AM

Don't forget to allow for the saw kerf. The saw will remove 1/8" to 3/16" of if you cut a 2X4 to 1 3/4", the remaining piece will only be approximately 1 5/8". If you require square corners instead of rounded, you will need to make 2 cuts and get your final piece out of the middle of the 2X4.

danpik 12-15-2013 11:19 AM

I find it hard to believe that you don't know at least one person who would have the equipment to do something like this. Do you have people you work with who are handy? neighbors, friends, Family who might have the skills and tools or know someone? Sending emails is not the best way to find a source to get this done. go to the local lumber place and speak to them in person. I will bet they will be able to help you right there on the spot. As for the HD and lowes, if you went in and asked at the contractors desk I would be willing to bet you might get a phone number of a local guy who could do it for you

gregzoll 12-15-2013 11:41 AM

Check with your local Ace Hardware, Lowe's, Home Depot, Do it Yourself. Most have a table saw, and will rip it down to the dimensions you need.

I do so much business with my local Ace down the street, they would have no problem ripping something for me.

md2lgyk 12-15-2013 01:01 PM

Pay a visit to the woodshop at your local high school. Go to a pawn shop and buy the cheapest circular saw you can find. Ask one of your neighbors. Lots of ways to get this done, in less time than it took you to post your question.

If you want any amount of precision for this, a hand saw would be about the last thing I'd recommend.

ratherbefishing 12-15-2013 01:18 PM

Put your location in your post and you may even get an offer from someone here.

Red Squirrel 12-15-2013 03:24 PM

I always use opportunities like this as an excuse to buy more tools. :laughing: I think a table saw would work well for this. though on serious note, if you are going to end up paying to get it done, you are better off paying more and just buying the right tool for the job, then you'll have it for future needs.

Or if you're brave, and very precise, use a sawzall. :jester:

MT Stringer 12-15-2013 03:29 PM


Put your location in your post and you may even get an offer from someone here.
I looked but no info posted.

Those pieces could be cut in just a few minutes.

danpik 12-16-2013 06:10 AM


Originally Posted by ratherbefishing (Post 1278728)
Put your location in your post and you may even get an offer from someone here.

Or even come back to this post and acknowledge that our efforts are being considered.

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