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Old 07-28-2011, 08:42 PM   #1
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I need to know the easiest/best way to cut a notch in a 2x6 board as part of a pergola project*. Like a single tooth knocked out - I want to cut a notch in the 2x6 so that it will fit over a 2x8. I'm looking to do a 3 inch deep cut wide enough to accommodate the narrow dimension of the 2x8.

I've got a chop saw and a circular saw at my disposal - also a multimatic and a variety of other tools. What is the best way to do this?

I know this is a pretty dumb question, but I've killed myself trying to figure out things before that if I just asked....


*DH and I are building a pergola as a wedding gift for a good friend while he and the new wife are on their honeymoon.

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This is one from just this week.

making dado cuts for pergola beams

Good luck with the surprise project.

EDIT: OK last week.

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Unless you are making a lot of these notches---a skill saw --then a hand saw to finish the cuts to the stop line---knock out the 'tooth' with a hammer---clean up the top with a chisel.
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Thanks Ron - I was really really hoping that there was some magic, easy, and clean way to do it that I didn't know about... some carpenter secret.

I do appreciate the link - I'll post pics as penitence. We're loading up a friend's truck tomorrow (AC in my wagon died on Tuesday and with 99F temps on the way again - it HAD to go to the shop)We are hauling it 80 miles so we can get up early Saturday to bang out the project before we die of heat exhaustion.

The hardest/most time consuming part will be getting all our materials and gear up the four stories to the rooftop deck.

Thankfully we're going to have some help Dear Husband and I don't work that well together.
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If you have a bunch all the same----clamp the whole stack of rafters together--

draw the cut lines---set the depth of cut on the skill saw----cut the lines ---and maybe a few more cuts down the center of the waste--then knock out the waste--clean up the cut with the Skill Saw or a chisel.
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If you are using a 7 1/4" skill saw, maximum notch depth that way wont be deep enough. Make a pattern and cut each one with a jigsaw with a good blade. One saw, easy peasy.
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If you have a bunch all the same----clamp the whole stack of rafters together--

draw the cut lines---set the depth of cut on the skill saw----cut the lines ---and maybe a few more cuts down the center of the waste--then knock out the waste--clean up the cut with the Skill Saw or a chisel.
Check. Bring clamps. Thanks.

- 2 cuts for six boards. Not too bad. I can do that while the guys are drilling 4x4s.

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