I'm building a mantle for my fireplace, and I need to make 2 corners from
I do not have a compound miter saw. None of my local hardware stores will
make the cuts for me, and none of them sell a miter box with the required
angles built in. Is it reasonable to try and make those cuts by hand? I
figure I can approximate the angles to within +/- 10 degrees, then use
sandpaper until the edges fit together right. Am I fooling myself?
Well, -10 degrees wouldn't be much good and I sure wouldn't want to sand off
+10 degrees but cuts like this were made long before there were compound
miter saws. Or power saws period.
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Why not build a mitre box (three boards) to fit the molding and have a
lumber yard or friend cut in the required slot using either a radial arm saw
or a power mitre box?
Failing that just lay out the angles on the box yourself and cut it by hand.
Then you can cut all the molging you want.
You can always tell comments from those who have been there and
done that. Well posted.
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DanG (remove the sevens)
Make your own custom miter box with the angle you desire. The box is
just three pieces of scrap lumber, but make it so you can secure it to
a work bench with clamps. Moldings are normally cut upside down,
with the bottom of the molding resting against the vertical back of
the miter box and the top of the molding resting on the horizontal
surface of the miter box. Make your box such that your molding rests
in this manner and you'll save yourself grief. The cuts will be quick
and easy after you make the box. Using sandpaper to correct a bad cut
is not something you want to do. After you fit and glue the corner
together burnish it with a few light strokes using a screw driver
Thanks for all the advice. I was preparing to make my own miter box, as
recommended, when I ran into a bit of luck. A complete stranger at the
hardware store offered to lend me his chopsaw. Actually, he insisted. I kept
the saw overnight and made all the cuts I needed.
A complete stranger. Really!
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