Step 4: Rip the 4x4

man using circular saw to cut four by four
Photo: Wendell Webber
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Clamp the remainder of 4x4 to the work surface. Set the blade of your circular saw to the lowest depth and fit it with a fence set to rip ¾-inch of wood from the 4x4. Rip the length, letting the fence ride along the side of the 4x4. A circular saw's blade is not large enough to cut through the entire 4x4, so you must flip the 4x4 over and cut through the remaining thickness, again letting the fence ride along the side. Turn the 4x4 on the adjacent side and repeat the process to create a post that is 2¾ inches square.
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