Slideshow: Cutting Beams

Slideshow: Cutting Beams

The maximum cut on a 10 1/4-inch saw is about 3 7/8 inches, so cutting through a 5 1/2-inch glulam requires two cuts. With the beam positioned on edge and crown up on the forks of the forklift, Kyle Davis cuts vertically from one side ...

... and then cuts from the other side.

In this case he is cutting a notch, so he cuts across the end grain to the depth of the notch.

The author finishes the notch with a handsaw. Kyle had stopped his saw as soon as he touched line at the end of the notch, leaving two uncut arcs of woos. The handsaw easily cuts through these arcs.

Slideshow: Cutting Beams

To cut beams whose ends won't be exposed, the author's crew uses a chain saw. The chainsaw cuts much faster but leaves a rough cut.

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