I am going to be building a small closet from 2x4s and other wood
pieces. Perhaps covering it with a veneer. What type of saw do I need?
Im thinking a mitre saw would be good. I don't relly have a cutting
surface so I likely need one of those too.
Ill be cutting these 2x4s, probably some trim pieces as well.
I bought a table saw last year when I was building a jungle gym in the
backyard. That was seriously the wrong saw to buy...Don't want to make
that mistake again. Im gonna sell the table saw too.
I am not even a hobbiest and only do work when I must. I have a Black &
Decker firestorm 24v cordless hammer drill and I love it! Just want to
give you an idea of my 'tool class.'
Seriously. I prefer not to use a hand saw. I find them less accurate.
I like my work to look nice eventhough I am not a professional. I
have hand saw and miter box now. But I just can't be arsed to saw 2x4s
with a hand saw. For instance, I use the black and decker for screwing
in screws whereas I could use a screw driver.
Is there some reason you think a hand saw would be good?
The are not expensive, easy to store and when you learn how, do a better
job than most people do with their power saws. Even without a miter box, if
you know what you are doing, you can do more accurate cuts than most people
can do with their fancy power saws. It is a shame that so few people bother
to learn how to use one properly.
Sure most professionals use power saws, but then own several so they
have the one that fits the job and then need to do production work.
I am not against power equipment, I have some myself and I use them, but
most of the time, a hand saw could do the same job. and it takes up far less
Buy a circular saw. They come in both corded and cordless. Besides the blade
they normally come with, you'll probably need a fine tooth blade for cutting
the veneer. If you don't need the space, keep the table saw. In a couple of
years, you might be sorry you sold it. Buy a couple of do-it-yourself book
I'd get something like a low end Delta 10" mitre saw plus a small low end
cabinet saw. And, by "cabinet" saw, I mean a small 4" or 6" bladed circular
saw, not one of the magnificient cabinet saws by Delta or others. Go to the
New Yankee Workshop web page and take a look at the small cabinet saw Norm
uses. They are worth their weight in gold for ease of use etc. I have one of
the monster DeWalts (12" industrial) and even though I use it just about
every day, it still wears me out. And I do 36 rep curls with a 40 lb dumbell
every other day.
Miter saw is just the ticket for at 2 x 4's and for trim. More important
than the saw is the blade. Better blades cut smoother for the finished
work. The blade it comes with is fine for the framing. You can get away
with a cheap $99 saw if that is the extent of your work, but if you plan to
do woodworking in the future, look at a DeWalt for about $230 to $300.
Miter saw is nice if yo have visions of doing a laminate or pre-finished
wood floor also.
No, don't sell it yet. You may need that for cutting the covering for the
outside. You do need to support the work properly to be safe with that type
of saw, but if you have to rip and 8' board, it is the best tool for the
job. If you have to cut 2" off the end of a 2 x 4, it is the worst tool for
Cutting sheet goods with a table saw is easy if you have a large table to
support the work both infeed, and outfeed. With no support, it will be
dangerous handling a large sheet of paneling or plywood.
Barring that, A circular saw, straight edge that can be clamped in place,
and a sheet of styrofoam does a good job. Put the foam board on the flat
floor. Put the panel to be cut on top of it. Clamp a straight-edge in
place. Now, adjust the saw blade to take just a shallow cut through the
wood and let the foam be sacrificial and cut a groove into it along the way.
The work is well supported, the saw will be straight against the guide, and
good carbide blade will make a pretty smooth cut.
Circular saw can also be used for the framing, but it does take a little
time to get the finesse to make a perfect straight cut every time.
I'd suggest a 10" compound miter saw. Others won't agree, but I bought a
cheapie Pro-Tech 10" compound miter saw about 4 years ago, and it's been a
The fancy Dewalt 12" compound miter or even a slider saw would have been
*really* nice, but costly and overkill for what I'm doing. The Pro-Tech
cuts straight and smooth, and the angles are true. It's a nice saw. With a
quick google search, you will find that other people like them too.
You can get one at Menards for $79.00
Tho many might suggest a circular saw,
it takes a lot of sawing to get accurate cuts.
( usually AFTER all the cuts have been made )
I got a DELTA $99 compound miter saw.
Perfect for the average "hacker".
And small enough to store in the shed when you're done.
Well it seems like they are for rip cuts, whereas I do 99% cross cuts.
(Note: I have no idea about proper terminology). Tablesaw was good for
sheets of wood, but I almost killed myself cutting 12' 3x3s on it :(
I did not get woodworking/shop class in highschool. I dont know how to
use it really.
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