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How do I cut nice mitered corners?

I will be adding moulding and trim to a few rooms after I lay laminate flooring. I have already done this in one room and I was really discouraged with my miter cuts. In most corners, I had a gap of ...
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What is the best way to calculate the angle at which crown moulding should be cut?

What is the best way to calculate the angle that crown moulding should be cut in the compound miter saw to fit an inside corner?
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What is the recommended number of teeth for making finish cuts with a miter saw?

I'm going to be cutting 1x6 oak planks with a miter saw, but I'm not sure what blade to use. I currently have a 24T blade in the saw (which I know for sure I don't want to use), since I usually use it ...
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Is there a benefit to cutting a 2x4 in two passes of a mitre saw?

So I was just watching Holmes on Homes, and they were showing a quick close-up of cutting a 2x4, making two passes, cutting the top half first, then finishing it off: I've never seen (or at least ...
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What's the best way to measure for crown moulding and trim

I've been putting up a lot of trim lately (baseboards, quarter-round, chair rail, crown moulding, etc). The problem I'm having is getting precise measurements that each piece should be cut to. I'm ...
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When should I round over the edges leading to a miter joint?

I'm going to be joining 2 1x6" pieces of wood at a simple miter joint. However, I want the top edges to be rounded over. I'm planning to use my router and a round over bit to soften the edges, the ...
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Is it normal to miter the non-pivoting edge of a door?

Recently I've seen someone miter the edge of a bathroom and closet door so it swings shut without hitting the door frame. I've never seen this before -- is it normal? Clarification: The edge that was ...
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What miter and bevel angle do I need for coping 38/52 crown molding?

I'm trying my hand at coping crown molding. I cut a couple of test pieces to try it out but it's not working very well. My first attempt was cutting the miter 45°, that didn't work, the angle ...
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Why are baseboard miters not straight even after tuning saw?

I'm installing baseboard for the first time and I keep noticing when doing 45° cuts the top is sticking out a fraction more than the bottom, see picture. I'm using a dewalt 716 miter saw and have used ...
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How should I cut odd angle miters when working with molding?

I am installing some chair rail, and the points where it's a 90 degree connection (inside/outside) are no big deal... I cut 45s and then fit them together. But I have a couple of places where the ...
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What technique is used to cut these door moulding?

I have some door trims that need replacing and I want to match them with the rest of the house. I tried doing a straight mitre but they don't look as good and because it's an old house the door isn't ...
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Power Miter Saw, Hand Miter Saw, or Jig Saw?

Looking to build a utility/storage shelf in the unfinished area of my basement. Considered dropping the $170 to get the metal unit from Home Depot (in the U.S.), but thought that now that we have a ...
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burning smell when using miter saw

I just bought a ryobi 15 Amp 12 in. Sliding Miter Saw with Laser. I never use miter saw before. Cut a few 2x4 to learn how to use it. The problem is everytime I cut, I get a "burning" smell. Not ...
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How can I cut aluminum angle stock without damaging my tools?

How can I cut aluminum angle stock without damaging my tools? I've done some looking around the interwebs and have not found anything definitive - basically there are warnings about cutting it with ...
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How do I know if blade fits the miter saw?

I just got my first miter saw (ryobi 15 Amp 12 in. Sliding Miter Saw with Laser). I want to buy this diablo blade http://www.amazon.com/D1280X-Diablo-12-Inch-Crosscutting-1-Inch/dp/B00008WQ35/ref=...
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Where to attach clamps when using a mitre saw?

I am thinking about buying my first mitre saw/compound saw. Maybe not this model, but something similar to this: I note that some models come with a built-in material clamp that presses the work ...
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cutting glass tiles with a miter saw

Lowes sells 10" square mirror tiles that I need to cut down to a smaller size (about 6" across). I am struggling with a handheld glass cutting tool (about the size of a pen) getting straight ...