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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:42 pm 
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I want to put a couple of small posts in the ground but what angle do I need to cut the post at, to make a spike?
Not for a fence but to put a sign onto
45 degrees is too blunt

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glassescase wrote:
I want to put a couple of small posts in the ground but what angle do I need to cut the post at, to make a spike?
Not for a fence but to put a sign onto
45 degrees is too blunt

thank you glassescase
About 75 or there abouts should be ok?

What size posts are they. You can buy spikes for 3 x 3 posts

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Do you mean a point? It depends what tool you have as a sliding saw makes this easy. If you are doing it with a hand saw then mark the centre on one side and draw lines out to the sides at an angle that looks okay. Cut a point shape and then do the other (now sloped side) in a similar way. It does not have to be precise, if it has a nice point is all you want. The angle will vary depending on the width of the post.

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Make sure you treat the cut end too as exposed fresh cut wood will rot quicker

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thank you for the advice.

posts are only about 40mm square. Hopefully I will only need them for a few weeks. They will just have a small sign on them and I'm hoping to put them 6 inches into the ground.

I have a compound mitre saw but it only does up to 50 or so degrees. I'll cut a bit of wood at 45 degrees, butt up to that then only need 30ish degrees from the saw

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Been cutting a few stakes myself recently. I tend to cut a wedge off around three times the width of the stake. Repeat four times and there's your point. I commonly just use an axe but I have done the last lot with a mitre saw. I just left the saw at 0 and held the stake in my left hand at the correct angle. It doesn't really matter if the angle isn't perfect , soon as it hits a stone it's likely to be buggered to a degree .


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my axe skills are non existent :)

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Grendel wrote:
I have done the last lot with a mitre saw. I just left the saw at 0 and held the stake in my left hand at the correct angle. It doesn't really matter if the angle isn't perfect , soon as it hits a stone it's likely to be buggered to a degree .


That's exactly what I do. Sliding mitre saw - I make stakes out of 2x2, typically to support swmbo's runner bean wigwams. Too much hard work to do it by hand saw (or axe) but then it helps to have the machine. Twenty quid at a car boot sale if you're lucky.


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glassescase wrote:
my axe skills are non existent :)

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Oh dear I am very sorry , you have my sympathy .


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