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Old 07-15-2012, 11:15 AM   #1
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I am about as handy as a sack full of yogurt. I am trying to trim down the side of my stairs and have no idea how to cut the pieces of trim to fit. I have tried angles galore and just can't figure it out.

Could somebody lend me a hand?

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Old 07-15-2012, 11:24 AM   #2
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That is some funky looking stairs you have there.
No hand railings, not even close to code on run and rise.
Why in the world is there carpet where they should have been a solid wood cap on that wall so railings could be attached?
Just adding that outside corner molding is not even covering up the carpet edge.


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Using one of these tool will make it a simple job to cut it right the first time.
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?s...LER&page=22579

Looks like for some unknown reason you trying to cut a compound angle.
You only need one angle to make that cut.

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Old 07-15-2012, 08:14 PM   #4
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That top step looks a little screwy.
It's probably about a 20degree angle. Do you have a miter saw?
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Like Joe said..........."that's some funky looking stairs"
I have to assume that the "Compound cut" is a mistake.
First determine the type and profile size of the material you want to use.
To determine the angle cut at the bottom of the stairs
You can use a piece of cardboard and mark out the angle by placing it against the bottom part of the stringer wall and on the floor and accurately running a pencil along the two surfaces at the intersection.
Your drawing should look like the one below.
From the intersecting point, set up a pair of compasses to any dimension say 3" and strike an ark on both lines shown as distance "A"
Then reposition your compass point on this new point [marked with an x]
and draw another ark. Do this again on the other x. Draw a straight line from the intersection point and your point where the two arks bisect.
This is the angle you set your miter saw up to.

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