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Forum topic by Kolmar posted 11-05-2009 08:15 PM 1073 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2009 08:15 PM

I am having trouble with some mouldings i am doing, I have a problem when i do both ends at 45 degrees. I usually end up being too short. I line it up on my work piece and make my mark after I cut the 1st angle, I cut on the line, should i be cutting on the outside or is there a trick to marking and cutting i am missing. Do you use a refernce straight edge when you make your mark? I have been very inconsistent with my success.

-- Kolmar

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#1 posted 11-05-2009 10:58 PM

When you make the second cut, cut the piece intentionally long- leave the pencil line and a shade more. Test the fit, take off a shade more, test- continue until it fits. After some practice, you will probably only need to make cut-test-cut-install.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-06-2009 12:26 AM

I cut a little outside the mark, then “sneak up” to the line by putting the miter saw blade at the down position, butt the wood to the blade, turn it on, then raise the blade, this cuts off that about 1/32” at a time.

-- Thuan

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#3 posted 11-06-2009 02:00 AM

cut long and sneak up on the linewith the saw like mentioned above. when you get close use a belt
sander with 50 grit. with the sander you can play with it until its just right.
also there are many different trim situations. get a couple of books on trim
from amazon they are full off a 101 tips and situations which we can never address here.

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#4 posted 11-10-2009 08:01 AM

Ok great Thanks!

Will put these tips to good use this week I hope!

-- Kolmar

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Kent Shepherd

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#5 posted 11-10-2009 08:16 PM

Basically, you probably just need some practice.
Make sure your pencil is really sharp. In any aspect of woodworking, that can affect your measurement as much as anything. Other than that, I agree with sneakin g up on it. I would rather cut 2 or 3 times than to ruin it the first time.


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#6 posted 11-10-2009 10:10 PM

I agree with others, I usually cut the piece a hair bit long and keep trimming it until it fits.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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