In woodworking, one of the most important skills that every woodworker should learn is how to cut angled notches on pieces of wood. This will play a significant role in ensuring your projects are more durable and stronger.
At the same time, it provides a decorative flourish that will make your project more beautiful.
Making angled notches on pieces of wood can be an uphill task especially if you are a beginner in the woodworking industry. However, with the right skills and knowledge, this process is relatively easy as it does not require a vast array of tools.
This piece will enlighten you on the best way to get angled notches using a circular saw.
How to Make Angled Notches Using a Circular Saw
Circular saws are one of the common woodworking power tools that are widely used to make angled notches on pieces of wood. Circular saws are ideal especially if you are making larger notches.
It is important to note, that some level of skills and expertise is required for you to make precise and clean cuts using this cutting power tool.
Angled notches made through the use of circular saw are of high quality and in a big improves on the value and the worth of the woodworking products that you are working on.
Thus, angled notches can be used for a vast array of woodworking projects both for home use and for commercial purposes.
Some of the woodworking projects that you could use angled notches for include the making of bookshelves, trellis, arbors, pergolas, side-table bases, and many more.
Some of the materials that you will require for making angled notches include:
• Safety mask and glasses
• Speed square or framing square
• Vice or clamps
• Measuring tape
• Sandpaper or orbital sander
• Pieces of wood
Instructions for Making Angled Notches
For a woodworking project where it’s vital for pieces of wood to horizontally rest on top of each other, a two-sided type of notch would be appropriate.
Your safety as a woodworker is very important thus while working on this project and to make angled notches it’s very essential that you put on goggles and a safety mask before you start working.
1st Step: Make your Measurements
The initial and the most important step while making angled notches on pieces of wood is to make measurements in accordance with your preferred dimensions.
You ensure that you use a pencil to mark your measurements. Using your tape measure, you are required to mark the bottom and the depth of your cut. To stay accurate, use a framing square as you continue marking all the way around.
2nd Step: Set Up your Depth
Although it’s possible to make angled notches through the use of a table saw, the process will be much tedious and time-consuming, this is why circular saws are preferred for this process as they are much efficient for this process.
To set up the depth you will be required to lift the guard and flat position place the blade against the side of your piece of wood. You should then adjust the height of the blade to a position where it can barely rest on the depth line you’ve made.
3rd Step: Make Cross Cuts
You are then required to clamp your piece of wood to stabilize it. Ideally, you could tighten it to a vice. You should start with a single cut along the bottom line.
You should ensure that you position the saw flatly against the wood surface. To avoid overshooting your depth, you should not enter or exit the cut you are making at an angle. To make precise cuts, you should be much careful and not to work in a rush.
Additionally, if you want to make precise cuts using a speed square, you should make several parallel cuts to the bottom line at the top end of your piece of wood. You should make them right against each other so that the wood may peel out in vary minimal notch.
You should then continue to make close cuts that are parallel to each other between the bottom line and the top of the wood where you marked. However, this part does not necessarily have to be perfect. You will require to make closer cuts that are even and across sections with knots.
This process produces a lot of sawdust that’s you will require a dust collector or a vacuum cleaner for cleaning up after the process.
4th Step: Clearing up the Notch
Once you are done making all the cuts that you want, it will be much easier to remove slices of wood inside the notch area. You could do this by using your hammer to hit the wide sides. You start hitting from the top as you proceed to the bottom line.
Ideally, you may use a sledgehammer with a short handle or a piece of scrap to speed up this process.
You should perpendicularly place the scrap to your piece. You should then let it rest on top of the notch that you made after cutting the baseline.
Using the sledgehammer, hit the broadside of the scrap to break away the strips of wood that are filling the notch.
Final Step: Clean it up
After making your angled notches, you should then use a scrape to clean up your notches. The flat side of the chisel flush should be kept to the wood. This is a safety measure that will prevent you from accidentally gouging your workpiece.
Additionally, you should opt for sanding for clean and perfect work. You could use your orbital sander and sandpaper to smoothen the rough surface and for an elegant finish.
Angled notches are essential in any woodworking venture as it plays a major role in improving the overall outlook of the final products. If you are having difficulties creating one, the above step-by-step guide will be of much help.