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How to Make a DIY Cut Bucket

By: Joe Truini
Cut bucket holding a piece of plastic PVC pipe for cutting.

A cut bucket is great for holding everything from pipe to lumber for cutting.

Turn a standard 5-gallon plastic bucket into a cut bucket that’s perfect for holding pipe, lumber and other stock for cutting.

How to make a cut bucket:

  1. Cut two V-shaped notches (3” wide by 2½” deep) on opposite sides of the bucket.
  2. Cut two rectangular notches (3½” wide by ¾” deep) opposite the V-shaped notches.

The V-shaped notches are perfect for holding pipe and other round items for cutting, while the rectangular notches are for supporting lumber. The bucket itself can be used to carry tools or scraps.

Watch this video to find out more.

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Video Transcript

Joe Truini: Over the years we have shown several ways to use a five-gallon bucket. Here’s another one, it’s called the cut bucket. It’s simply a five-gallon bucket in which I cut two V-grooves—about three inches wide, 2 1/2 inches deep—across from one another. And then, on the opposite side of the bucket, I cut two squared off notches.

The V-grooves are perfect for cutting any round stock—plastic pipe, wooden dowels—in a wide variety of diameters from large to small, like this piece of copper tubing. Then the squared off notches—they’re only about 3 1/2 inches wide, three-quarter inches deep—perfect for cutting wood.

You can cut 1x2s and even smaller stock, all the way up to 1×4. Fits right in there tight. Nice shoulder to hold against, so you get a nice steady cut, doesn’t move around. And even as large as a 2×4 with a circular saw. So it’s not only for hand sawing, but also for using portable circular saw. And the bucket doubles as a place to store hand tools and even the scraps.


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