How to cut 2×4 with circular saw ?
A circular saw is one of the most versatile types of saw there is. And so, it’s no wonder why it’s the preferred saw to cut a variety of materials and most especially wood. 2×4 is also perhaps one of the most common dimensions for wood for it’s used in a multitude of applications.
A 2×4 wood is used for benches, tables, stools, and many more. So how to cut 2×4 with a circular saw? A valid question for we can assure you that as a woodworker you’d do a lot of this for sure.
We’ll discuss this topic question and more in this article. Read on!
What is a circular saw?
In its very definition, a circular saw is a power tool or a type of power saw that is utilized to cut through a variety of materials using a round blade. As evidence of its versatility, a circular saw can either be mounted on your table or handheld.
A circular saw is utilized by woodworkers for a variety of projects for they make cutting through wood really easy and convenient even with situations that can otherwise be quite challenging.
A circular saw’s blades are edged with sharp metal teeth and the blade spins to then cut through wood or any material that it’s up against. And, as you’d might expect, circular saws come in different configurations as well as their blades that are meant to cut different materials.
Some blades are used to cut wood, concrete, metal, and any other materials. Circular saws are also meant for bevel cuts and are adjustable that in such a way in can be accommodating to a variety more cuts.
They are one of the safest power saws to utilize and since they can be handheld, the operator can opt to use either their left or right hand when cutting. This, in turn, offers greater stability as well as control of your cuts.
As mentioned, a circular saw can be fitted with different blades thus making them quite versatile. But before anything else, consider 3 things before you work: the type of job that you’re about to do, the material that you need to cut (in our case a 2×4 wood), and of course, the type of cut that you want to achieve.
A circular blade cut does have a few aspects that you also should watch out for. First, you need to check on the number of teeth of the blade. The rule of thumb is that for wood or other softer materials you can utilize a blade with fewer teeth contrary when cutting metal that you’d need a blade with finer or more teeth.
Also, blades with fewerteeth tend to cut faster but rougher and on the contrary, those with more teeth tend to cut more precisely and cleaner.
You also need to consider the gullet or space between the teeth of the blades. Deeper gullets are ideal for removing large chips of wood and blades with shallower gullets are perfect for removing sawdust.
Lastly, consider the size of your blade. Smaller circular saws can employ blades of 4 ½ inches in diameter but standard ones can have about 7 inches.
Also, take note that the blades are also classified based on their type. You have the ripping blades, crosscutting blades, plywood blades, general purpose blades, finishing blades, dado blades, think kerf blades, and masonry blades.
So, be sure to choose the right one for your project.
So, why use a circular saw to cut a 2×4 wood?
What’s the main advantage of a circular saw among the others with not just cutting a 2×4 wood but all types of wood in general? Well, there are a few.
First of all, a circular can be utilized for either simple or complex jobs. They are also quite powerful enough to cut through a variety of wood easily. They are safe and easy enough to use too.
It’s a time saver and if you ask us, we prefer it over a jigsaw which is another type of saw used for a 2×4 rather commonly. But, please do take note that a circular saw being more powerful than a jigsaw needs more practice to control for best results.
How to cut a 2×4 piece of wood with a circular saw?
It’s really easy! The point of using a circular saw for this type of wood is to keep things simple, to begin with.
- First of all, you have got to make sure you’ve already supported your 2×4 wood properly in place. You don’t want it to wobble or not properly set and that’s not just to make sure that you’ll do an accurate cut but at the same time, ensure your safety.
- You should’ve prepared your saw and determined the right blade type for the task at hand beforehand. As mentioned, your circular saw blade should have at least 6 to 20 TPI or teeth per inch if you’re cutting wood.
- Next is to ensure that you’ve adjusted the blade depth for the cut. Make sure to not set it too deep for the 2×4 wood. Again, this is for accuracy and safety purposes. You don’t want any kickback from happening.
- Also, ensure that the blade guard of your circular saw is in place.
- Make sure to clamp down or support only one side of your wood material. Supporting both sides can pose the risk of kickback for then it will tendto fall downwards.
- Lastly, make sure to mark your cut and cut with needed pressure until you get through.
Some other tips when using a circular saw
Here are a few other important tips as you utilize your circular saw not only for your 2×4 wood material but for other projects in general.
- It’s always advised to not cut too deep with a circular as this helps with accuracy and keeps you safe.
- Just let the cutoff fall freely.
- Make sure to support plywood when cutting them.
- Crosscutting plywood without any form of support can cause the circular saw to bind or the plywood veneer will tear, or splinter as its cutoff drops. When utilizing sawhorses, spanning them with 2×4 is recommended. See how useful a 2×4 is? That’s why it’s important that we had this discussion.
- And again, to avoid any kickback, do not support wood on both ends.
- When performing any rip cut and a traditional handsaw is not available so you need to use your circular saw, make sure to secure the board. And, guide your rip cuts with your finger.
- For angled cuts, be sure to hold your blade guard up.
- Redo your mistakes. If you didn’t follow your marked line for the cut, start over.
- Do not use sawhorses when cutting heavy boards with a circular saw.
Safety tips when handling a circular saw
We probably mentioned a few safety and operational tips when handling a circular saw already but here are some common ground rules if you’re using not just a circular saw but a power saw or power tool in general.
- Always make sure that you wear proper protective gear. Take note that these power saws can get loud at times and so it is advised to wear earplugs. Also, make sure that you wear proper eye protection and a dust mask.
- Aside from making sure that you are protected, you also have to make sure that you have a clear workplace that is free from any unnecessary things that would just be clutter. Clutter can not only interfere with your work but endanger yourself or anybody else in the workshop. Clear anything that might put you at risk of tripping or falling for you do not want to trip if you’re holding a circular saw.
- Always wear tight clothing when operating a power saw.
- Do not wear jewelry.
- Make sure that your circular saw is well-maintained. Make sure that the machinery in it is in good condition for efficient work. Also, ensure that the blade is sharp enough. There are a lot of accidents caused by unsharpened blades.
- And lastly, if you do want to maintain your circular saw, make sure that it is unplugged and turned off. Especially if you’re looking into replacing the blade. Also, make sure that the blade is properly set in place. You do not want that to come loose once you turn it on or as you apply pressure to your material.
We hope that you now know how to cut 2×4 with a circular saw. We enjoyed preparing this article as we know that it will help you tremendously with your upcoming tasks.
It’s always a pleasure helping a fellow woodworker. Make sure to follow our tips both on how to cut a 2×4 piece of wood material and our safety precautions. Remember to always ask for help when in doubt for your safety is paramount.
And most of all, enjoy crafting that next project!