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CB_Cohick

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07-30-2015 03:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question maple miter saw milling

I was cutting a 45 angle on some quarter-inch thick strips of maple (face towards the fence) recently on my compound miter saw, and on several cuts the piece pretty much just exploded. I repeated the process with poplar and had no trouble. Obviously there is some property of the maple, I assume hardness, that didn’t agree with my technique. I am wondering if any of you might have a handy tip for me should I try this again. My thought was that sandwiching my piece between some sacrificial strips might help. Any idea what causes the maple to hate that process?

Thanks for your input.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.


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Daruc

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#1 posted 07-30-2015 05:13 PM

Put together a small L-shaped board and mount it to your saw fence.
When you make a cut, don’t cut all the way through your board.
This will give you support all the way across the fence.

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#2 posted 07-30-2015 06:39 PM

+1 to the fence. You may also consider building a small miter box that accepts a Japanese flush cut saw for small detail work.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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CB_Cohick

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#3 posted 07-30-2015 06:45 PM


+1 to the fence. You may also consider building a small miter box that accepts a Japanese flush cut saw for small detail work.

- BinghamtonEd

I think this is a great idea, and a much safer solution. I need to learn to think outside the “box” (pun intended ;) ) of the first tool I pick up to use and ask myself if there may be a better answer for my intended application.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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JayT

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#4 posted 07-30-2015 06:55 PM

There was a project post a few months ago of a really nice looking miter box for a Japanese pull saw. You might be able to use it for some inspiration. Not my project, I just thought it was very well done.

Click for details

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#5 posted 07-30-2015 07:06 PM

For the CMS, in addition to the ZCI pieces, make sure you have a sharp, fine pitch blade for clean cuts.

But, that miter box^ just looks too cool not to make.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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AandCstyle

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#6 posted 07-30-2015 11:30 PM

I like my scms a lot, but use a Nobex Pro MS for delicate pieces.

-- Art

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