The Best Way to Cut 6X6 Deck Posts


An outdoor deck adds value to your home and makes it possible to enjoy the outdoors more. If you are building your own deck, one of the first steps after leveling the soil is to install the thick posts that support the boards. These posts typically come in 6-inch by 6-inch sizes. The best way to cut through these posts is by using the efficiency of a power saw to start the process.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-by-4 board
  • Marker
  • Sawhorses
  • Circular saw
  • Dust mask
  • Safety glasses
  • Hand saw
  • Place the 6-by-6 post into the location where it will be permanently installed. It should be placed on top of the concrete footing and held in place by an assistant.

  • Place one end of a 2-by-4 board against the house on top of the wooden horizontal board attached to it, which is called a ledger. Hold the board still and place the other end of it against the deck post.

  • Place a level on top of the 2-by-4 board and move the board up or down until the air bubble is perfectly centered in the level. Use a marker to draw a line on the deck post along the bottom of the 2-by-4 board

  • Set the 2-by-4 aside and lay the post down on the ground. Extend the marker line all the way around all four sides of the deck post. Set the post on top of two sawhorses and position the marker line at the far side of one of them so you can cut it without hitting the sawhorse.

  • Put on safety glasses and a dust mask and plug in a circular saw. Press the trigger on the circular saw and cut through the marker line on the top of the post.

  • Release the trigger on the saw and set it aside. Turn the post 1/4 of a turn and repeat the process to cut that side of the post as well. Continue until you have cut all four sides of the deck post with the circular saw. The saw blade is not deep enough to cut all the way through so the post will still be intact.

  • Set the circular saw aside and pick up a hand saw. Insert the teeth of the hand saw into the cut line on one side of the post. Saw using a back-and-forth motion to cut through the small area of wood that remains in the center of the 6-by-6 post.

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