Notching Deck Posts With a Chainsaw
When deck builders notch 6×6 deck posts, they have to make a long vertical cut to provide support and fastening for the beam. You can cut as deep as possible with a circular saw, and then finish with a handsaw or reciprocating saw … but there’s a better way.
Mike Guertin, of East Greenwich, R.I., doesn’t bother with a circular saw and recip saw. Instead, he fires up his chainsaw. It’s not fine-finish carpentry, but a sharp chain and a steady hand makes quick and pretty clean work of these notches.