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How to Crosscut Lumber

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Crosscuting lumber is sawing it across the grain at 90-degrees to the edge. Crosscutting is used to obtain square ends and to reduce stock to the required lengths for construction of the project.

Both the accuracy of the 90-degrees cut and the accuracy of the finished length are extremely important. The simplest of all joints, the butt joint must have true, square edges in order that the pieces will mate properly and give you a strong joint. In addition, the basic techniques of crosscutting are used in many other more difficult woodworking operations, and it is therefore important to master these techniques completely.

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