How to cut thick timber with a multi-tool

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Have you ever been in a predicament where you need to cut a thick piece timber and a hand saw just won’t fit? Cutting in confined spaces is never ideal but sometimes you have no other option. If only there was a tool that could cut thick pieces of timber in any space…With that in mind, SMART have developed the Rapid Wood blade, perfect for all timber cutting, including thick timber.

What is the Rapid Wood blade?

The award-winning Rapid Wood blade is a brilliant timber cutting multi-tool blade. Part of the ‘Rapid Wood’ blade range, this blade is designed to very quickly cut through timber, much faster than a standard wood blade. With a 67mm blade depth, the Rapid Wood blade is one of the longest wood blades on the market and optimises the cutting depth and quality of the cut.

The design includes a curved tip to provide maximum accuracy, along with a unique SMARTCUT design. This allows you to cut faster, neater and deeper than any other wood blade on the market, even through 2-inch pieces of timber. Plus, the design also gives you a very smooth start without the directional pull of a standard wood blade. As a result, providing you with very fast and accurate cuts. Whether you’re cutting out old timbers or cutting intricate holes in wood flooring, this blade is the perfect tool for any timber cutting, particularly when working in confined spaces.

Rapid Wood blade

What are the alternatives to using a multi-tool?

If you don’t own a multi-tool there are definitely a wide range of alternative tools available. However, most of these tools come with limitations when small, intricate cuts are required.

For example, a circular saw might be a fantastic tool for long straight cuts, but this large, powerful tool would make a pig’s ear out of complex and intricate cuts. Plus, they generally leave a large gap where the blade cuts which can be hard to eliminate afterwards. Nevertheless, the Rapid Wood blade is just 0.6mm think which makes it an extremely effective tool for accurate and intricate cuts.

When you need to cut a mortise and tenon joint, a hammer and chisel or a router cutter is generally a popular tool to use. However, they’re not effective at cutting into corners due to its spinning drill-like action. Also, cutting through timber for carports can be challenging as these can be up to 100mm thick. Although you would need to cut through both sides of the timber in these scenarios with the Rapid Wood blade, this blade is the cheapest and most versatile option for tradespeople who need to do this quickly.

How to cut thick timber with the Rapid Wood blade

  1. Measure and mark

Measure and mark your cut to ensure you achieve a precise cut.

  1. Cut your mark

When you’re ready to start cutting, attach the Rapid Wood blade to your multi-tool and begin cutting your mark. Remember to allow the blade to do the work for you by applying minimal pressure.

Top tip: When plunge cutting into wood, try and make space for the blade to get rid of the waste by moving the blade side to side slightly to create a small amount of space either side of the hole. 

Interested in trying the Rapid Wood blade? Find your local SMART stockist today.

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