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Posted on Miter Saw -- a woodworker's friend?

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#1 posted 07-02-2012 08:13 AM

All depends on what type of “Woodworking” you do. I’m a Hobby Guy. That doesn’t mean I never do Complex Moulding Cuts. In fact One Builder always wants want me to trim out his $$$$$$$’s Houses.

Maybe once or twicea year I’ll do it. My 10” Makita Dual Compound Mitre Saw (With Lazers, that I NEVER use) goes with me. It will do 12” cuts in 2” Material, 6-5/8” Crown, 5” Base. It’s only a $600 to $650 saw.

My Ridgid Contractor Table saw is Primarily used for Long Rips on Standard “Boards”, Cutting up Sheets of Plywood, and Dado Cuts. I’ve Never use it for Cutting Mouldings. Maybe for trimming down an 8” or 6” Base to a Lower height. GREAT saw for $350 Bucks.

I also agree with Dusty although I don’t make any “Fine Furniture”.


”…...unless you have a very high end miter saw the table saw with the jig you gave a link to (from woodsmith Magazine)is much more accurate than most miter saws at least for molding.”
How are you going to make a compound miter cut on a 12’ length of moulding on that table saw jig ???
That jig appears to be strictly for 45 degree cuts on short and narrow pieces of wood. Majority of mouldings cut on the CMS are at least 3 1/2” high , just for starters.”


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