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kcdave 03-17-2008 07:21 AM

Scribe Cutting Oak Stair Treads
Getting ready to cut these oak stair treads to fit and will need to scribe them against the inside skirt board. Looking at these treads, I don't think my little Craftsman jig saw is going to do the trick and I see this as an opportunity to aquire a new tool. Whats best for the job?

AtlanticWBConst. 03-17-2008 03:59 PM

We use this tool. Works Great. Very reasonable price:

Other than that, for power tools, you can use a skill saw or a sliding compound saw.

Here's the last set of stairs we used the Collins Tool on:

orson 03-18-2008 07:13 PM

If the scribes aren't straight use your jigsaw to get the cuts within 1/16th of the pencil mark and then use a belt sander to finish them out. If your craftsman jigsaw can't hack it I'd recomend a Bosch. Make sure your jigsaw blade cuts on the up stroke or it will "push" the oak away from the saw and make it "jumpy".

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