Razer saw to the rescue to finish weird cut

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Forum topic by David Grimes posted 07-20-2011 11:57 AM 1257 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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David Grimes

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07-20-2011 11:57 AM

A customer measured for himself, then ordered carved built-up columns for a fireplace mantel installation. He picked up the assembly, took it home, then realized that his crown trim below the mantel board would cover the carving on the pieces we provided him. He called and asked it we could cut 4” from the bottom (plinth blocking). “Sure, bring it back and I’ll cut it tonight at home, then you can pick it up tomorrow morning”.

I get the pieces to the house and decided that I really did not want to disassemble these things, but would prefer to make the cuts on the whole pieces if I could find a way.

I scribed the four inches all the way around on both pieces, then because the shape allowed one side to sit on a flat surface, the sliding miter saw made the cut about 2/3 of the way through the columns. I first tried a Fatmax handsaw, but just starting on the fine line next to where the blade cut ended was obviously too rough. I grabbed a 24 tpi Zona saw from the rack and finished the cut quickly and (most importantly) precisely for the remaining circumference.

The cuts from the miter saw and the razer saw were both perfectly lined up on the target lines, but the angle into the column on the miter saw cut was 1/8 off square at the farthest inside of the cut. When I completed the cuts, however the entire assembly is flat and square, so not a problem this time. No sanding was required.

The spoils…

Bottom line: These various hand tools I have recently acquired are slowly (but surely) finding their way into my go-to menu. Even a month ago I would have grabbed the battery powered miter saw or sawzall to finish this cut. That would have worked, but the little hand saw did it just as quickly and really a cleaner job on the exposed edges.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#1 posted 07-20-2011 01:14 PM

Very nice save ! Shows a definate place for the hand tools eh !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 07-22-2011 08:30 AM


Nice work, and if I’m not mistaken, that Zona saw is made in the USA! Dang! There may be hope for us yet. I like your tag line too.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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