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Stake pointing on a cross-cut saw

A cross-cut saw is an acceptable machine to point stakes on provided there is a properly designed and constructed jig and adequate support has been provided for the jig and post. This allows posts of up to eight feet in length to be pointed. This technique is suitable for low-volume production. For higher volume production, proprietary stake pointing machines are available.Stake pointing produces small sharp pointed off-cuts. If these are allowed to build up around the saw they can jam the blade or be ejected back towards the operator. Regular removal of the off-cuts is therefore important by either using a push-stick or first stopping the machine.

Diagram of a cross-cut saw showing the guide screwed to the bench, the support and the end stop.

Close up images of the cross-cut saw

Updated 2012-12-31