If you saw my chopsaw sitting in my truck, you’d probably think I picked it up at a garage sale. The pipe flange on the side (drawing at right) is a base for a 5-ft. long pipe that supports the workpiece. The pipe has a stop on it, just like the ones on your pipe clamps. And at 5 ft., the weight of the pipe does not affect the balance of the saw at all.
The pipe comes off the saw at a slight rise, which makes it that much more useful. Whether you’re holding a 4-ft.-long 2×4 or a 3-1/2-ft.-long 2×6, the cut comes out perfect every time.
Doug Carver, Athens, GA
Edited and Illustrated by Charles Miller
From Fine Homebuilding #244