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  • mcalnan made the instructable Making Perfectly Straight Cuts6 days ago
    Making Perfectly Straight Cuts

    Just finished, my sister will love them as a Christmas present :) I didn't have a 4X4, but one of the scrap pallets I found had these (really) rough cut cubes as braces. They were all different sizes (both cube to cube and face to face) so I squared them up as close to 2.5X2.5X2.5 cubes as I could. Only have a circular saw, drill and orbital sander for power tools and don't have money to buy more tools currently, so I did everything else with handsaws and chisels. Definitely made it tough to take off some of the small measurements, like shown in one of the pictures. If there are any tips, other than being careful and going slow, to get these small cuts with hand saws, I'm all ears. Last thing, the stain I had lying around was relatively dark, so after staining the wood, I painted the p...see more »Just finished, my sister will love them as a Christmas present :) I didn't have a 4X4, but one of the scrap pallets I found had these (really) rough cut cubes as braces. They were all different sizes (both cube to cube and face to face) so I squared them up as close to 2.5X2.5X2.5 cubes as I could. Only have a circular saw, drill and orbital sander for power tools and don't have money to buy more tools currently, so I did everything else with handsaws and chisels. Definitely made it tough to take off some of the small measurements, like shown in one of the pictures. If there are any tips, other than being careful and going slow, to get these small cuts with hand saws, I'm all ears. Last thing, the stain I had lying around was relatively dark, so after staining the wood, I painted the pips white, thought it gave it a cool negative look as opposed to the traditional white die. Anyways, first project and I think it came out great, thanks and looking forward to the rest of the class!

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