4 Steps to Get the Best Results When Cutting Treated Lumber
Pressure-treated lumber is a popular choice for many outdoor projects since it can stand up to environmental wear. Although using treated lumber is the same as using any other type of wood, cutting it requires additional steps to avoid splintering and chipping. These four tips will ensure you get the desired results when using treated lumber for your projects.
First, when cutting, push treated lumber towards the blade instead of pulling it towards you. This will help you get a smooth cut without risking a splintery or chipped end. Also, when you are cutting out sections, use a 2-inch wide blue painter’s tape marked with the cut line to minimize the risk of chipping and splitting. Always make sure to place the tape evenly over the line before cutting.
Second, it is important to seal cut ends of treated lumber after cutting. Buying a waterproof sealer, such as a polyurethane-based coat, and applying several coats to the cut ends is recommended to help maintain the benefits of treated lumber. Make sure to let the sealer cure in a dry area.
Third, when using treated lumber for cutting, it is important to understand that it has a lot of moisture due to the chemical treatment. This moisture can cause the saw blade to slip, or make it difficult to get a clean cut. To minimize this problem, dry out the lumber before cutting. Place the lumber in a room with a dehumidifier and use a hairdryer to hasten the drying. Moreover, you can also place the wood outside under direct sunlight.
Finally, for perfectly straight cuts with a Skilsaw, set the edge of the saw’s leading guide on the line and pull the blade guard back. With the saw running, set the blade’s cutting edge on the line, being mindful of which side of the line you wish to keep, and then push the blade smoothly through the cut. Follow the line by sight once the guide is past the end of the line. When the cut is complete, inspect to make sure the line has been cut in half evenly one the length of the line.
Using these four tips when cutting pressure-treated lumber will help you get the perfect results you need for all your projects. Be sure to remember to push the lumber towards the blade, place tape over the cut lines to prevent splintering and chipping, seal the cut ends, and ensure efficient and accurate cuts for perfect results.