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Miter Cuts (by Roy [AL]) Sep 17, 2021 9:19 AM
       Miter Cuts (by NE [PA]) Sep 17, 2021 9:20 AM
       Miter Cuts (by Jason [VA]) Sep 17, 2021 9:24 AM
       Miter Cuts (by Roy [AL]) Sep 17, 2021 9:26 AM
       Miter Cuts (by NE [PA]) Sep 17, 2021 9:36 AM
       Miter Cuts (by NE [PA]) Sep 17, 2021 9:54 AM
       Miter Cuts (by NE [PA]) Sep 17, 2021 10:07 AM
       Miter Cuts (by RB [MI]) Sep 17, 2021 10:29 AM
       Miter Cuts (by Jason [VA]) Sep 17, 2021 10:47 AM
       Miter Cuts (by GKARL [PA]) Sep 17, 2021 11:35 AM
       Miter Cuts (by DJ [VA]) Sep 17, 2021 11:39 AM
       Miter Cuts (by NE [PA]) Sep 17, 2021 11:46 AM
       Miter Cuts (by Ken [NY]) Sep 17, 2021 12:27 PM
       Miter Cuts (by Roy [AL]) Sep 17, 2021 2:40 PM
       Miter Cuts (by Jason [VA]) Sep 17, 2021 2:59 PM
       Miter Cuts (by NE [PA]) Sep 17, 2021 3:05 PM
       Miter Cuts (by Busy [WI]) Sep 17, 2021 3:33 PM
       Miter Cuts (by Steve [MA]) Sep 17, 2021 5:19 PM
       Miter Cuts (by NE [PA]) Sep 17, 2021 5:22 PM
       Miter Cuts (by NE [PA]) Sep 17, 2021 5:24 PM
       Miter Cuts (by on [WI]) Sep 18, 2021 12:18 AM
       Miter Cuts (by on [WI]) Sep 18, 2021 12:31 AM
       Miter Cuts (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Sep 18, 2021 2:53 AM
       Miter Cuts (by Nellie [ME]) Sep 18, 2021 8:30 AM
       Miter Cuts (by Busy [WI]) Sep 18, 2021 5:43 PM
       Miter Cuts (by Roy [AL]) Sep 18, 2021 7:50 PM
       Miter Cuts (by on [WI]) Sep 19, 2021 1:04 AM
       Miter Cuts (by Shameless [AR]) Sep 20, 2021 9:46 AM
       Miter Cuts (by Robin [WI]) Sep 23, 2021 9:20 PM

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Miter Cuts (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 9:19 AM
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Today I am using a 12 inch miter saw today to cut some quarter round for the Allure planks that were laid yesterday by my handyman. Like most miter saws, the bade pivots to the left and right to a max of 45 degrees.

I have no problem in cutting 45 degree "inside corners" but when I try to cut a 45 degree "outside corner" (a corner that points towards me), I am doing something wrong. I must be dyslexic or something.

Using a miter saw, how do you cut an outside corner? Try not to laugh at me. --68.63.xxx.xxx




Miter Cuts (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 9:20 AM
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YouTube. --24.152.xxx.xx




Miter Cuts (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 9:24 AM
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Measure your wall length and then add (trim thickness x 2) --172.58.xxx.xxx




Miter Cuts (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 9:26 AM
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NE,

When YouTube is your default answer, then I am not the only one in the world who can't cut an outside corner. --68.63.xxx.xxx




Miter Cuts (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 9:36 AM
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Roy, I can build your whole house including excavating the foundation. I donít need YouTube to show me How to cut quarter round. Unless you have someone to show you, you need to visually see it on a video to understand it, because reading about it itís not going show you what needs to be done. You are messing up between where you are measuring the wall and where you are marking your molding. --24.152.xxx.xx




Miter Cuts (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 9:54 AM
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Here Roy is a video I made just for you: h t t p s ://youtu.be/rJYRdKp_sb8 --24.152.xxx.xx




Miter Cuts (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 10:07 AM
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Also, if youíre ending up with tight cuts by the wall, but wide gaps where the corners meet, tip your blade to the left rather than pivoting the whole saw. You can get more than 45 degrees that way. Then just use a hammer to slightly pound in the corners and caulk it. --24.152.xxx.xx




Miter Cuts (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 10:29 AM
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Refer to the almighty Rocket Science hand book,

page 47, or let your handyman finish the gravy trim job.

--24.151.xxx.xx




Miter Cuts (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 10:47 AM
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Dern, On-demand video tutorials! What a time to be alive! --73.177.xxx.xx




Miter Cuts (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 11:35 AM
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That's a good video NE. When I do an outside corner, I would position my miter at the 6.5 inch mark and then cut. I've had no problems with this approach. --209.122.xx.xxx




Miter Cuts (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 11:39 AM
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Lay two pieces on a table-or the floor- in the position they will be on the wall/floor.

Use a pencil to mark which way the cut needs to go.

Carefully move it to the saw in the same position and align the blade in the direction of your mark.

Experiment with small scraps until you get it right - then cut the big piece. --68.229.xxx.xxx




Miter Cuts (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 11:46 AM
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G Carl, you can position your saw at the 6 1/2 inch mark, as long as your blade starts cutting on the wall side of the molding and when it finishes cutting the point is out at the 7 inch mark. Some people start cutting at the 6 1/2 inch mark on the outside of the molding and when they are done, the Side of the molding that touches the wall is back at 6 inches. I typically measure from the casing to the outside of the existing piece of molding, because I often cut my trim with the blade tilted to the side versus pivoted. That gives me a truer measurement and often a cleaner corner when installed. --24.152.xxx.xx




Miter Cuts (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 12:27 PM
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Caulk is your friend,it will still be the nicest house for blocks around in a c class neighborhood --72.231.xxx.xxx




Miter Cuts (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 2:40 PM
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Ken,

Yes on the caulk. Instead of nailing the quarter round, I just use caulk to 'glue it' to the baseboard. My hammer swinging days are over with.

Through trial and error, I have solved my own problem. The trick is to position the 3/4 round piece backwards against the backstop. It is the reverse of an inside miter. Now, when I have to do inside miter on one end and outside miter on the other end and get the overall length just perfect, now that is challenging. --68.63.xxx.xxx




Miter Cuts (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 2:59 PM
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That sounds cumbersome. Literally all you need to do is measure the wall. If you need an outside corner on one end only, take your wall measurement and add the thickness of your trim. Mark it and that's the outside of your 45 degree cut. If you need an outside corner on both ends, measure the wall and then add the thickness/width of the trim two times. Make a mark and cut it at a 45 so your cut lands on the mark. Then trim the other side to be 45 degrees.

Another way to do the same thing would be to cut a 45 on the trim, then from the outside of the 45, make a mark: Your wall length + trim thickness. Cut that trim at a 45 with your cut ending at your mark. --73.177.xxx.xx




Miter Cuts (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 3:05 PM
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This is a ďlead a horse to waterĒ situation as usual. The inside corner on one end and outside corner on the other is one of the easiest cuts to do. --24.152.xxx.xx




Miter Cuts (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 3:33 PM
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When I was doing, I mean, screwing up crown molding, thanks to the advice on this forum, I made sample pieces of all the cuts I could possibly need, and clearly labeled them. That helped immensely.

I didnít do anything like that when I was finishing up the shoe molding, but, boy! Howdy! I had some ugly corners. Because I was crunched for time, I just kept cutting and brad nailing, figuring I would just tidy things up with caulk. A zillion tubes of caulk later, Iíve decided I need to get better at mitres.

For the next time I do any mitres, I plan on making samples of inside and outside corners, making a pair cut at 44 degrees, a pair cut at 45 degrees, and a pair cut at 46 degrees. As I was sinking around with all of that caulk, thatís when I noticed how far out of square some of the small bits of wall were. The long major walls were all pretty good, but the little walls six or twelve inches long were kattywompus.

I could also just use measuring gauges, but with my goofy spatial issues, Iíd do better with a visual sample that I could copy.

Oh, and one other tip-make sure you mark what side of the line the kerf should fall. As The Honest Carpenter says, itís the most important word in carpentry! --172.56.xx.xx




Miter Cuts (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 5:19 PM
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Roy it helps if you remember that the table of your saw represents the floor & the vertical back stop represents the wall. this is true for cutting any kind of baseboard that you cut in the standing up position.

If you want to cut crown moulding in the standing up positions (as oppose to laying it flat) you place it upside down & cut backwards. When doing it this way the saw table represents the ceiling & the vertical back stop represents the wall.

Like NE said this type of thing is much easier to show than to do a written explanation. Also as Busy mentioned making sample of the various cuts really helps. --71.184.xxx.xxx




Miter Cuts (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 5:22 PM
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Busy, the rule of thumb with crown molding is ďupside down and backwards.Ē When you measure your molding and put it on your saw, put it upside down and backwards. Youíll hit your cuts almost perfect every time. --24.152.xxx.xx




Miter Cuts (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 5:24 PM
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Hey! Steve knows the upside down and backwards rule too! --24.152.xxx.xx




Miter Cuts (by on [WI]) Posted on: Sep 18, 2021 12:18 AM
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there is nothing sqaure in even new houses. pre drill the corners with the nail you will use ., take a stanley knife on the back and adjust accordlingly. dont use caulck. it is not that hard to do it the right way.

--207.200.xxx.xx




Miter Cuts (by on [WI]) Posted on: Sep 18, 2021 12:31 AM
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upside down and inside out . no mistakes and no headaches

>>You can chuck up longer nail in your drill and you wont split it. couple taps with the hammer . good to go --207.200.xxx.xx




Miter Cuts (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Sep 18, 2021 2:53 AM
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You guys are way too smart.

Me? lay the quarter round where you want it.

with a SHARP pencil scribe the wall or baseboard on the back of the wood.

Cut the wood being certain put the kerf of the blade NEXT TO the pencil line. Do not cut off the graphite of the line.

This is more accurate and faster than trying to measure, read the tape, move the tape to the wood, try to mark the wood. Too much handling, adding tiny errors on top of tiny errors, making the cut slightly off..

Also, get a protractor and calibrate your saw's angles. Less expensive equipment is not accurate.

BRAD

--73.102.xxx.xxx




Miter Cuts (by Nellie [ME]) Posted on: Sep 18, 2021 8:30 AM
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I like to use PVC trim because I can cut it with a utility knife. --76.179.xxx.xx




Miter Cuts (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Sep 18, 2021 5:43 PM
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Brad, thanks for the reminder. I dropped my husband's nice DeWalt chop saw, broke the exhaust port cover. I meant to check to see if the saw is still cutting square. Thatcertainly could account for some wonky mitres. (Sure hope I don't owe my husband a new saw!)

Years ago, Husband had a long tape measure that we finally figured out was off almost a quarter inch per foot! Ever since then, we have stuck to the rule, bring the tape measure to the saw, then make the cuts after we measured elsewhere. In other words, don't use two different tape measures on a cut. And, I made sure that very inaccurate tape measure went in the trash. --70.92.xxx.xxx




Miter Cuts (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Sep 18, 2021 7:50 PM
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Nellie,

PVC is the type of quarter round I used on this project. I like it because it is flexible and yes it can be cut with a razor knife. I used a miter saw since it is much quicker and makes a nice clean miter cut. --68.63.xxx.xxx




Miter Cuts (by on [WI]) Posted on: Sep 19, 2021 1:04 AM
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had a fuunny at menards to day.

Young man in front of me had 2 1 x8 x12 at the check out counter ,

said hell no and liad them off to the side

--207.200.xxx.xx




Miter Cuts (by Shameless [AR]) Posted on: Sep 20, 2021 9:46 AM
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What about using the gadget pro installers use. Hand held (think tin snips) miter cutter clearly marked with angles need and no saw, trips to saw required. Your favorite big box store will prolly have stocked in flooring tools area;) --69.173.xxx.x




Miter Cuts (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: Sep 23, 2021 9:20 PM
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NE, it looks like you may have found your next career. "The NE Youtube Channel: tips and tricks of the trade!"

--104.230.xxx.xx



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