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wombosi 02-20-2009 03:50 PM

cutting stringers!!!!
after much cursing and gnashing of teeth, somehow got three long stringers all roughly the same, to within a shim and a dab of glue here and there.

anyway, the book i go by says to "split the line" with the skill saw.
i find it impossible to use the first stringer as a template. somehow to cut always gets messed up bigtime.

after scribing the template onto the second piece, it's like, "now do i split the line again, or do i need to be on the far side of it, and LEAVE the line?
anyway, this never works, whichever way i do it. i have to go back with skillsaw/jigsaw, and try to clean up lines, and then i just butcher it.

isn't there a way to cut three 2X stringers at the same time, precisely? this crap drives me nuts.

i have a small mountain of destroyed stringers...

by the way, is Spruce OK to use for stringers? that's what i have now. i find them much cleaner and straighter than fir, although i just had a piece of a stringer snap off sideways on me with the spruce. not sure...

RippySkippy 02-20-2009 03:56 PM

When ever I make a template from the "master", I always cut the line out. BTW use a sharp pencil....

Bob Mariani 02-20-2009 04:05 PM

you leave the line and saw on the inside edge of it. The line was drawn outside of the template. So why would you cut this line, which means you cut beyond the line. And if the line is cut, are you past it and how much. If you undercut the line you can belt sand to the line and again you are perfect.

Willie T 02-20-2009 05:04 PM

I can't recall seeing anything but SYPKD called out for stairs around here.

Willie T 02-20-2009 05:10 PM

BTW, schmolze, are you lifting the guard up out of the way when you try to start those stringer cuts on an angle? Almost impossible to get a clean cut on a stair stringer if you don't. I prefer to lift the guard and lower the blade into the side of the line.

Scuba_Dave 02-20-2009 05:11 PM

Stairs in the house or outside?

I cut so the blade goes on the edge of the line

Bob Mariani 02-20-2009 05:34 PM

I think spruce is not okay for any structural member.

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