There is a way to improve the post before placing it in the ground. Normally, a builder would place the post on the sawhorse or workstation, measure down about nine inches (more or less depending on the specific installation), make the appropriate marks, turn it, square it off, keep rolling, and continue marking all the appropriate cut points. This is an acceptable way to complete the task, but it can take up to five minutes to measure and mark the post before cutting.
There is a way to make the measuring and marking process much faster, easier, and more consistent.
By creating a jig that fits to the end of the post, builders can simply slide the tool into place until the cap of the jig sits flush with the top end of the post. With the jig, which is measured to fit the required cuts, a builder can simply make their marks, slide off the jig, and start the cutting process. This dramatically reduces the required time to improve a column for faster overall installation.
Now the post is ready for cutting. After it has been cut, a professional builder will router the edges and soften the final look, to create a superior final product that looks fantastic and shows genuine pride in craftsmanship.
This little trick for cutting deck posts is used by experienced professionals who need to work faster without sacrificing quality.