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Old 09-04-2008, 09:47 PM   #1
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Cutting my 2 x 8 fascia boards


I'm about ready to cut my 2 x 8's so i can put up my new fascia. From what I've read on compound miter saws and sliding compound miter saws they recommend going with a 10 inch blace. They say a 12 inch blade wobbles more and I'll lose accuracy. My local hardward stores only have a 12 inch blade for rent (a Ridgid). For the job I'm doing will it make that much difference if I use a 12 inch blade? If it does, I'll go out and purchase a 10 inch. Just wanted to some input on this, please. Thanks

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Dunno who told you that, but it's definitely not true. All depends on the brand of saw I guess. I have a makita 12" sliding compound, best saw made I think.

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Joe, remember that fascia is running on an angle and the plumb cuts will be longer than that nominal 8" so 12 is a much better saw for the job. Plus 12 is just as accurate as smaller.
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i agree with OldNBroken, the hdwr store probably would rather SELL you a 10" saw than RENT you a 12. and besides, fascia is not fine furniture, where precision is important. a fascia can be a 'hair' off and who'll notice?

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It will only wobble on a cheap saw or if not tightened correctly.

You can butt the corners and fill any slight void with a good polyurethane paintable caulk such as Vulkem and make the job much easier on yourself with similar results. Wait 2 days to paint the caulk after it cures and hardens.

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