I am about to lay a wooden floor (reclaimed pine). I need to get a
compound mitre saw to cut the lengths correctly - the floor is 50sqm
approx. Would a manual mitre saw do the job (it's on a boat and i would
have to borrow my neighbours electricity which i'd rather not if poss)
or is it going to take to long/hard work to do it manually - wood is
24mm (1") by 178mm (7") - In short would the manual compound mitre saw
be adequate (quite a lot of cuts to do) ?
I'd recommend going with a miter saw. It will be much quicker, and
will also be a much cleaner and squarer (?) cut provided your miter saw
is tuned properly. Make sure you take the extra 15 minutes to set up a
proper workstation. That includes a table at comfortable working
height (sawhorses with boards across them is fine), infeed/outfeed
support and preferably a shop-vac to suck up the dust.
That said, you absolutely "can" do it by hand. What wood are you
using? The harder the wood, the more difficult it will be with a
handsaw. If it's ipe or lyptus I'd really be inclined to use power.
Are you going to be putting trim above the floor where it meets the
walls? (ie. baseboard or shoe molding) If so, you can be a little
less than perfect with your cuts. Doing it by hand will be a great
learning experience in the art of using a handsaw.
Final opinion: Use electricity.
I'd probably do it with a circular saw. It will saw through any width
board, is easily guided to a perfectly square cut with a quickly fabricated
saw guide, is much more mobile so you can use it where you're working
instead of setting up a saw 20 feet away and trekking back and forth. It's
also a lot easier to use to cut notches, etc. which will be almost
guaranteed in this type of project. But, that's just me.
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