How to cut wood accurately

How I prepare wood for my next woodworking projects

When cutting the wood we need to make our woodworking projectsWe are often concerned with the precision with which we make the cuts. I am not going to question here that with good quality machines it is possible to make more precise cuts when cutting wood, but from my point of view the precision of our cuts is also something that is improving with practice and as we know our tools better.

So, in this post we are going to see the procedure that I followed to cut the wood that I needed to do one of my carpentry projects.

Pre cut the wood with the jigsaw

The first is usually pre-cut to obtain smaller and more manageable pieces. And it is that if I have to start with large boards or slats, it is more comfortable to work if I first cut pieces a few centimeters larger than the final pieces I need.


Cut to size on the table saw

When I have to cut wood for one of my woodworking projects, using woodworking guides helps me cut accurately. For example, with my squad car it is easy for me to make 90 degree cuts right where I want.

Precision cutting with squaring carriage

If I have a cut line drawn I just need to know if I should cut to the right or left of the line. And if I must cut the line (because the line does not belong to the final piece), or if I must leave the line (because this does belong to the final piece).

Cut a few millimeters wider

When cutting a piece of wood along I must take into account whether or not I will brush the cut later. If later I am going to brush the cut, I must leave the piece a few millimeters wider.

Brush the edges of the wood

And then with the thickening brush I already leave the piece the exact width I need.

Use one piece to mark the others

Using some pieces already cut to mark others or to adjust the cutting machines usually works well for me. Although I must also take into account if the part I use is already brushed and if later I am going to brush the pieces. Especially when making cuts along the wood. If I am going to cut the wood to the width I do not have so much problem, since the head is not usually brushed.

Stop to cut equal pieces

And using stops on woodworking machines to make repetitive cuts also works quite well for me.

Stop to remove and put to cut to the exact size

Although it is recommended to use a fixed stop along with another to put on and take off. This is to prevent wood from getting stuck between the stop and the cutting disc and causing kickback problems (see this kickback video or kickback).

Getting cut pieces of the same width

And after trying to cut the pieces of wood to the exact size, if any of the pieces is a little more or less long, or more or less narrow, it can give me a lot of trouble when doing the project. This is why, many times, when we need to cut wood for our carpentry projects, more important than cutting precisely to get the exact measurements, is cutting precisely to get the pieces that have to be exactly the same to be exactly the same.


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