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Old 01-27-2014, 09:04 AM   #1
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I'm trying to cut a 45 return on this baseboard. I need to end the baseboard on an outside corner.

How in the heck do I get the thing square? When I cut it on a 45, the bottom is ever so shorter than the top. It's short piece so I haven't wasted too much trying to get it right

The photo shows how I'm putting it on the saw. Suggestions?
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The fence on that saw is not tall enough to support the trim without moving---

Try laying the trim flat on the deck and tilting the head to 45*---Those cuts can be frustrating --be safe--

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Have you checked the bevel of your saw with a square? Be very careful with the short pieces and frustration, it tends to get your fingers in the danger zone.
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Generally I cut outside corners 46 degrees. keeps the tip tight when the two pieces are put together. some corners are more than 46 degrees out and some are less than 45...
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I just moved the bevel ever so slightly and it appears that everything is good now. Even though the gauge says it's zero, I should have checked it with a square first.

I'm aware of the frustration aspect. Carpenter gets pissed that things aren't working out, is tired of returning to keep cutting, gets careless and WHAM there goes a finger. That crap about the first cut being the deepest ain't true. It's the last one that'll get you!

I'll be doing some crown moulding around here soon. That should be interesting with an old house that doesn't have a single square corner anywhere.

Thanks for y'alls help.
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Buy yourself one of these, it will make figuring out what angle to cut super simple.
http://www.zorotools.com/g/COMBO-B2/...06840016959135

It gives you the deg.'s for a single or a double cut.
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Buy yourself one of these, it will make figuring out what angle to cut super simple.
http://www.zorotools.com/g/COMBO-B2/...06840016959135

It gives you the deg.'s for a single or a double cut.
Yeah that's the ticket. I have one of those sliding gauge things (not sure what it's called) but I like this one. More tools is always better.
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sometimes a stick of trim works better than gauges because the stick can be a couple feet long working along more of the walls inaccuracies. wall corners are generally built out more in the corners because of mud or plaster which makes them a fuzz less than 45 degrees. two sticks of crown a couple feet long and you can hold them up there and gauge your angle/miter
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sometimes a stick of trim works better than gauges because the stick can be a couple feet long working along more of the walls inaccuracies. wall corners are generally built out more in the corners because of mud or plaster which makes them a fuzz less than 45 degrees. two sticks of crown a couple feet long and you can hold them up there and gauge your angle/miter
Good advice. The few feet of trim to use for gauging is worth it rather than keep cutting and cutting and cutting!

I think I'll just move to a condo! SMH JK

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