SQ= Stupid Question. Too often I start overthinking the numerous ways
of doing something, in this case the correct sequence of cutting a
piece of wood into 4 frame strips with 45 degree corners.
Would like to use my Delta miter saw, which is tuned up perpendicular
to the fence and with accurate 45s. Has accurate stops right and
left of blade. The stock is 1" wide, jointed and planed to be square
and correct thickness. It is plenty long enough to get 4 sides.
| | FACE 1 & FACE 2 |
|_________________________________________ ____________| |
END A| END B
Does one ever flip over the stock so the cut goes through the face of
A & B? This allows using just one side of the blade and not moving
the miter guide.
Is cutting on both sides of the blade with right side using left
pointing angle and right side using right pointing angle preferable?
What about Using just one side of the blade and moving the miter
In a perfect world with a perfect setup , all the above should give
the same results. BUT, the saw or the stock probably is less than
PERFECT. Which gives the best results?
How do you do it?
Re the interesting ( to me, anyway) topic of choosing among options.
I will set up a separate thread so as not to confuse this technical
Just my experience and opinion. As long as the miter saw is accurate and the
stock is flat, you can be successful without moving the blade to the
opposite side and just flipping the stock to cut opposing faces, however, I
rarely use a miter saw for cutting precision miters any longer.
I cut mine with a table saw miter sled, where sequence of cut makes a
difference because of the design of the jig.
IOW, you cut opposing miters on opposite sides of the jig, with the same
face always up. By doing so you guarantee a ninety degree miter joint
because of complementary angles.
Let's assume that your frame molding is pre finished, so you can't
fill and sand, since I think that is the scenario you're asking about.
1) OK so far. assuming that this saw gives accuracy and clean enough
cuts (no chips and clean glue line) there's no reason not to use it.
miter guide? are we now talking about cutting these on a table saw?
assuming that the stock is square in cross section, no problem. if it
means you will be balancing the frame molding on some curved profile
to get it at the right angle it would be easier to swing the saw, if
it's a chop saw or the miter guide if it's a table saw. also see 1)
it might be, if the saw is tending to chip out at the beginning or end
of the cut. in general, the acute angle (thin edge, long side) of a
miter cut is more fragile than the obtuse angle (thick edge, short
side), and will probably tend to chip more. another factor will be
which direction the blade is passing through the material. also see 1)
might also work. how good is your saw tuned up and how accurate and
repeatable is your miter gauge?
if the stock varies in width you will have to choose whether having
the inside corners or the outside corners match is more important to
you. if the thickness varies you can probably get away with having the
faces flush and the backs a little wonky. if the squareness of the
stock varies the error will either cances itself or double itself.
since the saw and stock are in your shop I can't say.
depending what the wood is like, how sharp the blade is, how steady
my hand is, how big a hurry I'm in, what moon is in virgo and prolly
other things I haven't thought of I can get different results. try out
different setups and use the one that works best.
I built a miter sled. most of the time I use that, but sometimes I use
a chop saw and lion trimmer. sometimes I use the sled and the trimmer.
if the stock is small enough I might just use the trimmer.
ya well, you know what they say about opinions.....
good luck and keep us up to date with what works for you....
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