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Wood Cutting Station at HD or Lowes?

Hi Guys,

Looking to frame out a some garden boxes in my backyard and need to buy some PT lumber from homedepot or lowes. I’ve been looking online, and it’s kind of hit or miss, but do either of these stores allow you to manually cut the wood yourself? To save costs, I was going to buy a bunch of 16’ 2x6’s and cut them to the proper dimensions (6’, 8’, etc…).
I know I could get an associate to cut the wood for me, but a) I’ll need a good number of cuts, and I think this might cost money and b) I heard when they cut it, accuracy isnt great. I figure a 2x6 should be pretty easy to cut with a handsaw.


Thanks!
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No, places like that don't let people operate their saws. Liability issues.

If you want to cut it yourself and don't want to Armstrong it, get a used skilsaw or possibly miter saw (depending on the cuts you have to make) off Kijiji, or look at renting a saw from HD.

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Was at Lowe's the other day and took a photo of the sign:

Saw Cutting Policy
1) First 5 cuts free, $1 for each additional cut
2) 20 cuts or more will require 24 hours notice
3) Saw is not intended for precision cuts, saw may have a variance of up to 1/4"

I've had 4x8 plywood panels cut at Home Depot before and they seemed accurate enough. I'd just let them do the majority of the cuts. Less work for you, less dusty, easier to transport home. If you're worried about accuracy, maybe you can measure and pencil in the line you want cut and just tell them "cut here".
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IIRC Home Depot gives you 2 free cuts per board purchased.
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CNeufeld wrote: No, places like that don't let people operate their saws. Liability issues.

If you want to cut it yourself and don't want to Armstrong it, get a used skilsaw or possibly miter saw (depending on the cuts you have to make) off Kijiji, or look at renting a saw from HD.

C
Obviously not the power tools ;)
But while researching this, I came across:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt1chPQthWE
https://will-blog-for-food.com/2012/07/ ... ome-depot/

So it looks like some places have these stations (most likely in the US). But I thought I'd as people here if they've ever seen it.
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I guess it really depends on store, but I know my local homedepot never charges for cuts. I've had them cut over 25 cuts and no charge.

Also, there equipment for ripping 4'x8'sheets is much better then I could ever do on my table saw.
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I've cut many times in the car park using a portable battery powered circular saw.
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don't go handsaw. circular saw is your friend.
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KennyX wrote: Obviously not the power tools ;)
But while researching this, I came across:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt1chPQthWE
https://will-blog-for-food.com/2012/07/ ... ome-depot/

So it looks like some places have these stations (most likely in the US). But I thought I'd as people here if they've ever seen it.
I think the wood cutting station in the youtube link is for cutting trim & moulding. Some HD's have these stations in Canada, its an orange wheeled cabinet with a mitre box screwed to the top and a hand mitre saw chained to it. Would take forever to cut 2x6 lumber with that saw, its fine tooth to give a clean cut.

The only reason accuracy wouldn't be great with the panel ripping saw at Lowes or HD would be the operator. If you go when they aren't busy, mark each cut off with a speed square most associates will do extra cuts unless it PT lumber.

You would be better off borrowing a mitre saw, that way you could make some angled cuts for the end pieces to give the planter boxes a nice design.
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agreed. home depot and lowes aren't going to give you accuracy cuts. they mainly do cuts so that you can fit it in your car.

I would borrow a friend's mitre saw or buy one. they are relatively cheap when you get them on sale.
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Buy saw on Kijiji. Cut wood. Re-sell saw for same price (if you don't foresee using it again, or don't want to store it).
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I was at the Home Depot at Woodbine and HWY 7 in Markham about a year and a half ago, and they had a mitre box and saw. I did some cutting there for a picture frame. Since it has guides, I was able to cut the wood at 45 degree angles. Not sure if other Home Depot stores have this setup. Actually, I'm not even sure if this Home Depot still has this setup since it has beenover a year since I did this.
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Agree. Just buy a mitre on sale, then sell it afterwards.
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GrantK wrote: I was at the Home Depot at Woodbine and HWY 7 in Markham about a year and a half ago, and they had a mitre box and saw. I did some cutting there for a picture frame. Since it has guides, I was able to cut the wood at 45 degree angles. Not sure if other Home Depot stores have this setup. Actually, I'm not even sure if this Home Depot still has this setup since it has beenover a year since I did this.
Yeah in the trim section for the trim that's sold by the ft. It's a manual saw. You're not going to sit there and cut dimensional lumber.

Buy it, and cut it with a cordless circ saw in the parking lot. Use a speed square if you want to be more precise with cut squareness.

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