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    Default Suggestions please

    Looking for a way to achieve these cutouts in EXTREMELY hard wood, very old Marri I suspect.
    Brand new hand saw doesn't want to cut it, and chiselling is difficult to say the least.
    I bought a small electric chainsaw especially for the job, but I am unable to achieve any sort of accuracy with it, and it is tearing out strips along the post, which I would prefer not to have happen.
    As I have to have these done by tomorrow, so bright ideas/suggestions would be appreciated.
    EDIT: I don't have access to a band saw (

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    Circular saw laid over on side and using the top of the post as the saw base support. Cut 4-5 cuts (or more) and chisel out or just circular saw the lot if need be


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    Or if you don't have a circular saw big enough, drill out what you can and clean up with a chisel.

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    I don't have a circular saw with 80mm depth of cut, so it sounds like hard yakka on the hand tools is the only way.

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    You might as well get as far as you can with the saw you have before you go in by hand

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    I doubt its old Marri as it's a relatively soft timber, one of WA's softest hardwoods and an electric chainsaw should cut it easily.
    Its hard to say from the photo but it looks more like blue or spotted gum.

    I'd go with what you can get with the circular and a spade bit and then chisel the rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobL View Post
    I doubt its old Marri as it's a relatively soft timber, one of WA's softest hardwoods .................
    Its hard to say from the photo but it looks more like blue or spotted gum. .
    I would like to know what it is. My first thought based on how hard it is, Wandoo, however, I have not seen Wandoo as light colour as this.
    It is very heavy, heavier than Jarrah.
    Maybe these pics might help?
    Patio poles timber 2.jpgPatio poles timber 1.jpg

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    I'd say Spotted Gum

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptrott View Post
    I would like to know what it is. My first thought based on how hard it is, Wandoo, however, I have not seen Wandoo as light colour as this.
    It is very heavy, heavier than Jarrah.
    Maybe these pics might help?
    Patio poles timber 2.jpgPatio poles timber 1.jpg
    Looks like spotty , the saw wonít cut because of the dirt in the surface of the old stuff, look at the post , the cracks still have dirt in them , if itís sandy sort of dirt it is an instant blunting you get.



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    The surface is gone, the planer took off several mm the day the pics were taken, and before any sawing.
    So spotted gum it likely is. Very surprising given the scarcity of it, and that it had been used as framimg.
    Glad I didn't have to pay for it. )

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