Cutting railway sleepers can be a tricky task, and it's important that you take the necessary precautions to ensure your safety. The proper tools and techniques can help make this task easier, so read on to learn more about how to safely cut railway sleepers in your own home 

Preparation is Key

Before you begin, make sure you have the right tools for the job. A sharp hand saw or circular saw is the best tool for cutting railway sleepers. If you don't own either of these tools, consider renting them from a hardware store. You should also wear protective clothing, such as gloves, goggles and a face mask. This will help protect you from any flying debris or splinters 

Marking Your Cut

Once you have gathered all of your supplies, it's time to mark where you want to cut the sleeper. Use a pencil or marker to draw a line along the length of the sleeper indicating where you want it to be cut. Make sure the line is straight and even; otherwise your cut could be uneven or crooked 

Making Your Cut

Now that you have marked your cut, it's time to start sawing or cutting the sleeper. Use slow and steady movements when cutting through the wood; if you try too hard or move too quickly, then you risk damaging the sleeper or hurting yourself in the process. When sawing with a circular saw always follow manufacturer instructions for safe use and wear appropriate PPE (gloves/goggles etc). Don’t forget to double-check that the power cable won’t get caught up in anything before switching on – safety first! 


Cutting railway sleepers may seem like an intimidating task but with some preparation and safety tips under your belt it doesn’t need to be daunting! Follow our steps carefully and use appropriate tools for best results every time. Remember - always wear protective clothing when working with wood as there is always danger of splinters or flying debris when cutting timber materials! Working with railway sleepers can add great value to any outdoor project so remember these tips next time you decide to spruce up your garden! Good luck!