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Prevent splintered cutoffs
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When crosscutting a board, place it
on a pair of 2x4s. Then, with the
blade set to cut slightly into the
supports, cut your workpiece to length.

Prevent splintered cutoffs

If you crosscut solid wood or plywood without supporting both the keeper piece and the cutoff, you'll frequently get a splintery tear-out along the far edge when the cutoff drops away before you've finished the cut. To avoid this, dedicate two inexpensive boards as "sacrificial" supports, set in place on sawhorses or your workbench top.



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