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Forum topic by jimithing83 posted 01-19-2016 06:46 PM 698 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2016 06:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak

This is my first venture into woodworking, so bear with me. Also, obviously, new to the site so sorry if this is in the wrong forum area.

I picked up a section of 2×8 red oak to build a collar for a chest freezer I’m turning into a kegerator. Since I don’t have a miter saw, I just rented one from HD. I made 45 degree cuts to avoid having end grain show, since my wife is nice enough to let me build a 4 keg setup I figure I should make it look nice.

Wouldn’t you know, the rental saw was not properly calibrated, and the cuts are not exactly 45 degrees. The good news is, the way I cut the board means the “extra” material is on the inside edge, so I won’t end up with shorter boards than I intended. But, I’m not sure of the best way to shave them down.

Should I just sand them down, checking until I get the appropriate angle? Should I pick up a fret saw or some other handheld saw? Planer? Bear in mind I have no woodworking equipment of my own, so I’ll have to buy whatever the solution is. I have $80 into the wood, so I definitely want to salvage it if possible, but I have no idea how to proceed.

Thanks for reading my mini-novel, and in advance for any advice.

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#1 posted 01-19-2016 06:50 PM

Do you have a 45* angle to set the saw with?

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#2 posted 01-19-2016 07:19 PM

The saw was a rental, I already returned it. I have a level that has a 45 degree bubble, which I was planning to use to check any repair efforts.

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#3 posted 01-19-2016 07:42 PM

Go to the rental place and recut it

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#4 posted 01-29-2016 09:07 PM

ended up going back to HD, they comped me the re-rent so I corrected the cuts, only lost a total of 3/16” so it’s barely noticeable. Thanks for the advice.

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#5 posted 01-29-2016 09:21 PM

Woodworking often is how to best recover from either a mistake or from wood not behaving as expected…don’t let it discourage you! Sounds like you got it corrected, good job!

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