Going to try to explain the cuts. Looked on Google, obviously I'm not using
the correct search terms.
Here's what I have. A couple of cuts each being 30 degrees. I have a
sliding compound miter box. The trim is 4.5" wide, but they need cut long
ways. Like I have to set the end of trim in long ways instead of cross
Anyone know of a better way to cut these pieces? They're each about 10'
long, so I could use some pointers how not to screw them up.
I'm not exactingly sure of what you're describing. I'm thinking you
need to make a 60 degree cut to make which may require setting up some
sort of temporary support and/or fence.
First, make test cuts on some scrap so you don't screw up the good
Second, the cut may end up being 59-1/2 degrees or something other
than 60 degrees because nothing in the house is exactly what it should
be. Another reason for using scrap.
Third, once you're sure of the angle, cut it and install it.
Four cuts. It's cherry trim, don't believe a jig saw would provide the
finish appearance needed. I'm replacing trim, which sits on top of
stringers and meets other trim work. Someone had made the cuts b/4 out of
oak, just don't know how they went about it.
Larry, it sounds like you may not have every tool that is out there. Be
aware that no saw is capable of these cuts without some jig or aid added
to them. For a one time job you could use a hand saw or a Skil type saw
to cut the boards close and final fit with a plane, belt sander, file,
or sanding block. The cuts are probably longer than your miter saw can
do which is why several are suggesting a table saw, but this would
require making some type of jig or free handing (a common technique, but
NOT recommended for a DIY guy).
If your miter saw looks like it will make the cut, you can cut a scrap
piece at 30*, fasten it to your miter saw table, and use it as the fence
for your piece. and make the cut with the saw set at 90*. Make these
cuts with scrap to test the fit of the angles and work out the safety
Bingo, got em cut. A bit on the scary side, miter barely made it. Used a
coping saw for the 1/8" it couldn't reach.
To get it straight against the fence took some time, clamping in place was
a bit tricky, couldn't clamp on the saw. All in all, cuts came out
perfect, after using scrap for test purposes.
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