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Every Way to Cut Cheap Wood (39 Methods)



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hey everybody this is Louis weisz maker and youtuber and this is almost every

way to cut a 2x4 despite the name 2x4 a 2x4 is actually one and a half inches by

three and a half inches we're gonna take these two by fours and cut them across

the grain in as many ways as possible so you can see the process and the end

results to start off let's do one that requires no tools at all the caveman

method definitely the brawn over brains solution this actually worked better

than some of the other stuff we tried no fine woodworking Awards but technically

effective and truthfully a lot of fun hey there we go the okay okay so maybe

the caveman's not for you a person and a curb are actually all you need to cut a

2x4 set up your wood and hop on top to give it a snap easy peasy

lumber squeezy the car that's right today we find out if your whip is

secretly the 2x4 cutting machine you've always dreamt of the answer may be it

would be with a bigger curb but in these conditions no way miter saw yeah it's

time for a proper tool miter saws are frequently used for cutting long

relatively thin stock so using it to cut a 2x4 is a match made in heaven

this one in particular has a nice long bed making it easy to support the wood

while cutting looking at the cut we can see it's nice and straight with very

little splintering and a pretty smooth finish the miter saw is an easy reliable

way to cut a 2x4 table saw the table saw is one of the most versatile tools in

any woodshop but it can also be one of the most dangerous even using a saw stop

like this one it's important to use a guide or a jig when cross cutting like

this with proper usage though we get this really nice clean cut very straight

very little splintering and a nice smooth finish panel saw it's a big-ass

saw for cutting big-ass wood it's uniquely suited for plywood sheets but

it also cuts two by fours like butter a great choice

band saw one of my favorite tools in the shop band saws are a good way to make

simple cuts in a variety of materials for a basic crosscut though it's not

necessarily the best choice since with a band saw you trade off speed for

maneuverability meaning you could cut a curve if necessary it's not a perfect

way to cut a 2x4 but the results are really good clean cut no splinters

definitely a reliable choice scroll saw I would sooner lick the shop floor than

use one of these saws it's not that they're bad they do serve a purpose to

cut fine curves in wood I just find them unpleasant because they're slow and

jittery unlike a bandsaw which is fast and cuts curves just fine for me with

the thick enough blade you can cut a 2x4 but like at that point just go use a

bandsaw drill press drills remove material saws remove material maybe a

drill is a way to cut a 2x4 it's a little easier to use a drill press

versus a hand drill but basically just toss in a fifth pin line up your wood

and start drilling holes in a line it's a little tricky but definitely doable

still not a great idea obviously you get these big semicircular divots and I

still wound up with splinters on mine overall not a great way to cut a

two-by-four lathe this is a lathe the lathe is a magnificent tool used to turn

glorious objects out of wood using it to cut a two-by-four is a process that the

French would refer to as debil which roughly translates to stupid shout-out

to my dad for cutting this one turning something so oblong is not easy stuff

next let's try a jigsaw I did a terrible job of showing it so here's a picture

the jigsaw is a great way to cut material if you need maneuverability

like a bandsaw but with the advantage of being portable not quite as easy to use

but definitely a fair trade-off the cut is clean and if I were more carefully to

be straight to overall not a bad way to cut a 2x4 circular saw basically just a

handheld miter saw the circular saw is beloved by construction workers and

handy dads it's quick it's simple and it does a

great job a classic way to cut a 2x4 sawzall

it's definitely got that name for a reason I had never used one before but

it is a thrill it's usually used for demolition and it's definitely the sort

of tool that had turned your hand into spaghetti if misused but it makes a

great cut nonetheless chainsaw it's a chainsaw mostly for cutting trees

it's not the cleanest cut but it totally works on lumber handsaw oh yeah

we're going old-school before young whippersnappers like me had these

newfangled electrically powered tools your grandpa was cutting wood with one

of these bad boys it's been a while since I've used one but it's definitely

not a bad option I remember learning on one of these as a kid well before my dad

let me touch the power tools it's nothing fancy but it's perfect for the

Amish and for when you run out of batteries coping saw do you enjoy

cutting jigsaw puzzles by hand if so allow me to introduce the coping saw

this immeasurably flimsy blade allows for tight turns and would but snaps at

the slightest twist jokes aside well not really intended for two-by-fours this

coping saw actually did a great job recommended dozous keep whole song

basically the same tool as a handsaw and just about as effective apparently these

cut on the pole stroke rather than when you push supposedly giving you a

straighter more accurate cut than a typical saw but honestly they look about

the same to me hacksaw hack saws have finer teeth and so they're generally

used for metal but like it's still a saw it cuts wood just fine wire saw possibly

the cheapest saw I've ever used at only 5 bucks from Amazon this thing actually

cuts really well they're made for wilderness survival and it definitely

has a bit of a Bear Grylls vibe which like not my bag but hey you do you it's

a crappy cut but it's definitely effective also in the survival category

we have the leather man saw it's just like a big saw but tiny so cute cuteness

aside it's surprisingly functional for camping or for when you're too lazy

to get out a real saw steak knife I mean it kinda looks like a saw surely with

enough dedication we can cut a two-by-four with a steak knife right

well not exactly great initial progress is soon thwarted by the knife's blade

being thicker than its teeth causing it to get stuck if we can't move it we

can't keep cutting so unfortunately this one's a bust

Olfa cutter I'm sure these have a generic name but alphas are the best

great for cardboard balsa or other thin materials can this razor cut a 2x4

unfortunately no for the same reason as the steak knife it gets stuck as soon as

you make progress major bummer bolt cutters can they cut a 2x4 another case

of better than I expected but ultimately no next hammer obviously we're gonna

have to use the pointy end here not the best method but strangely cathartic you

know what if you really want to do it this way be my guest

hatchet great for splitting wood I thought using one of these was a cleaver

idea I was surprised to find that it actually does a terrible job hatchets

don't remove material like a saw so cross cutting with one is quite a chore

while it technically works I really wouldn't recommend it the file usually

used for finishing work a file is basically like reusable sandpaper I used

some that we're flat and some that were round but all were a terrible choice it

took me nearly an hour and a half to file through this so while yes you can

do it why would you okay sir form rasp basically just a

variation on the file this takes about half as long and it's about twice as fun

not recommended laser forget CAD designs instead use this cutting-edge machine to

do the task of a handsaw normally used for cutting intricate patterns in thin

wood by drawing a super boring 4-inch line and your vector software and

repeatedly blasting away you too can cut wood like a five-year-old Jedi with a

laser sword chop saw hardly a saw this thing is pretty much

just one big abrasive wheel it cuts metal like butter and apparently it also

works on wood it's not really meant for wood though so definitely use something

else if you have the option angle grinder usually used for grinding angles

toss a cut-off disc in this mean machine and it becomes a mini chop saw again

cutting wood really isn't what it's for but it works just fine in a pinch dremel

tool rarely the best option but always a good one the dremel tool is an essential

part of the hip young maker starter pack I thought for sure with the carbide

blade I'd be able to cut through but it just didn't the blades just aren't big

enough to cut all the way through shockingly not a way to cut it two by

four multi-tool this is a multi-tool it sounds like a barber razor and it cuts

like it too this blade is called a plunge blade and it's used to cut things

flush to the ground when remodeling homes not the best choice but not bad

turbo plane turbo being the key word here it looks like an angle grinder but

it's for wood and this thing is a beast the disc is solid metal so you can

really feel the gyroscopic forces whenever you turn it great for shaping

wood but terrible for cutting it is a horrible way to cut a 2x4 but who cares

this thing is a blast belt sander using a belt sander to cut wood is like trying

to eat soup with a fork sure you can maybe do it but why would you also rip

my lungs even with a mask on dust manages to

available anyway dumb as it may be it does indeed work it's just the worst

fire burning removes material right so maybe if I burn in a specific spot I can

just cut wood that way I really expected this to work way better than it did the

problem is that as you burn wood carbon builds up on the surface and protects

the wood beneath it I did scrape it away as it built up but it still took almost

30 minutes in the end I think it's fair to say that I was the one who got burned

resistance burning here we're trying to burn through wood using high-voltage

electricity this baking soda and water mixture helps make the wood conductive

usually this is just used to make cool patterns in the surface of the wood but

here we're trying to use it to burn all the way through in theory it should work

in practice it just takes way too long to be

realistic I really wanted this one to work and it technically does it's just

too slow to be practical beavers we've all seen beavers chew

through trees before of course they can chew through a 2x4 to try this one at

home pretty much just find a good Beaver spot once you do just toss your lumber

out there and now it's a waiting game I think I actually waited too long because

when I came back it was gone looks like the beavers were extra hungry

a few ideas I couldn't try myself but I found a couple of them online this first

guy managed to cut through a 2x4 with a couple mags of 9mm rounds

and this other guy used a high-strength industrial pressure washer I linked

their full videos down below if you've got ideas for ways that we didn't think

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