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Forum topic by dnick posted 08-17-2012 12:59 AM 769 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-17-2012 12:59 AM

Topic tags/keywords: miter miter trimmer question

I got this miter trimmer a few months ago & i am trying to find out the maximum dimensions of wood this tool can cut. Maybe I should say “safely cut”. I have only used it for small moldings. I used to borrow my friends trimmer & I remember cutting some 3/4×1” Mahogany molding on that trimmer. I just wonder if there is a recommeded or suggested maximum trim cut. If anyone has a lot of experience with this tool, maybe they could tell me the largest cut they successfully made, & it might be more informative to know the size of a cut that failed because the trimmer couldn’t handle it.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#1 posted 08-17-2012 01:24 AM

You just have to get a feel for how thick a slice you can cut off
the end of a particular species. Take off too little and you
don’t get a clean cut and try to take off too much and
it gets too hard to work the tool. It can square about a
3”x3” end as I recall.

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#2 posted 08-17-2012 01:45 AM

Be very careful around the blade! I have had mine for over 20 years and it bit me a week ago. Sliced off half of a fingernail and I barely felt it. It is healing well because the cut was so clean.

I use mine to shave miters to fit perfectly. Rough cut the part on the miter saw outside, and trim to fit perfectly inside the clients home, no noise or dust to worry about . I think most of my cuts are less than an 1/8. If you trim a part in several slices it is easier to take a much thinner cut on the subsequent cuts. Sometimes I have shaved 4 miters and just rubbed them together with a little glue, no clamps needed.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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