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Cutting Balusters

Q: What's the best way to cut a bunch of balusters for my deck railing so that they all come out the same? Measuring and cutting each one seems awfully tedious.
—Clint Johnson, Paola, Kans.

A: There's an easy way to get around reaching for your pencil and tape on each cut for this kind of project. Using a miter saw, an extension table, and a stop block, you can efficiently turn out multiple pieces of whatever you're cutting to the exact same length.
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