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Cut a severe taper (70 degrees) using a compound mitre saw

Cut it perpendicularly. 70 degrees from 90 degrees (ie: a right angle) is 20 degrees. Square the end of your taper and put a mark in the middle. Set your saw on 20 degrees and place the mark so ...
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Cut a severe taper (70 degrees) using a compound mitre saw

At the risk of sounding like a complete idiot why don't you clamp a block to the saw fence so that the stake is skewed 10 degrees when flat against the block and fence? Then you can just set the saw ...
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What degree do I make bevel cut to form a 28ft ring with 2x4s

You can't figure this out without knowing how many boards your circle will have; once you choose the number of boards, just divide 360 by the number of bevels (one for each end of each board) and that'...
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Cut a severe taper (70 degrees) using a compound mitre saw

This doesn't have anything to do with saws, but it's too long for a comment. Instead of trying to come up with a better stake, maybe come up with a completely different solution. My first thought at ...
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Mitering an outside crown molding?

To answer your specific questions, you shouldn't assume spring angle is 45 degrees. Put a framing square on the flats of the crown and you'll know if it's symmetrical or 38/52. To cut this flat, your ...
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Can I cut lumber into thin planks for wall cladding with a miter saw?

No, you cannot cut lumber like that with a miter saw. That's not what the tool is designed for. At best it'll be very difficult to accomplish. At worst it'll be extremely dangerous. This isn't even a ...
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Finding angle to replace trim peice

So given you exclude the most obvious tools I would suggest cutting a card or cardboard template. Even a cereal box can be suitable for this.
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Replacing 10" Kobalt sliding miter saw blade

You don't remove the arbor from the saw to change the blade. You remove the blade from the arbor. After 10 years it may be pretty well stuck, but normally it can be convinced to move by tapping around ...
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Is a 6-1/2" or 7-1/4" circular saw better when I already have a 10" miter saw?

I've been doing home maintenance and construction for over 1/2 century. I would consider the 7 1/4 saw an essential for anyone that is serious about doing anything that requires wood to be cut. The 6 ...
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How should I cut non standard angles, shapes and miters?

What you are looking to do is create a "compound miter" cut down the sides of each board. When someone mentions compound miters, they are typically trying to install crown moulding. The moulding ...
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Cut a severe taper (70 degrees) using a compound mitre saw

You could make a jig out of scrap wood. If you make a 25 degree jig, you could set the saw to 45 degrees. 25 + 45 = 70. Once you cut one side, lining up the other side will be a little harder. You'd ...
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Plunge vs. slide using my sliding miter saw?

No, you're not crazy. The key is to consider how many of the blade's teeth are in contact with the workpiece at a given moment. The more teeth, the more resistance because you're essentially forcing ...
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Is a 6-1/2" or 7-1/4" circular saw better when I already have a 10" miter saw?

Circular saws and miter saws are different tools, for different tasks. A handheld circular saw is primarily used for breaking lumber down to rough sizes, when precision in either length or angle isn't ...
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Miter Saw Tripping Breaker

Does the switch assembly contain a fuse (possibly not user-serviceable)? If so, the symptoms you observe can be explained by a shorted motor having blown the fuse in the switch assembly. Remember you ...
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Miter Saw tripping breaker, but

This is an interesting situation and the problem you have could be for more than one reason. I am going to try and explain it without getting too deep into the science behind it. First you have simply ...
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Finding angle to replace trim peice

All you have to do is measure from the top of your existing trim piece on the left straight across to the wall molding. Then measure from the bottom of the trim piece across to the same molding. Take ...
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burning smell when using miter saw

It's burning wood you smell. If it's not a new saw, the issue is likely that the blade is dull. Time for a new blade. If it's a new saw, it could be that you're cutting too fast through too hard of ...
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Is a 6-1/2" or 7-1/4" circular saw better when I already have a 10" miter saw?

It may or may not matter for common cuts. Both sized saws can do 90 degree cuts on most common lumber. The big difference with a 7 1/4 saw is that it can do more common angled cuts. If you are fine ...
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Cut a severe taper (70 degrees) using a compound mitre saw

Use a chainsaw. It won't look pretty, but it doesn't have to: remember, you're trying to stick a piece of wood in the ground, not build a cabinet. This would by far be the fastest and simplest method. ...
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How should I eliminate gaps in wood-grain miter joints?

I would probably use the same stuff you use to fill gaps in other laminate products. I don't know how well it will hold up on the edge of a stair (in terms of working its way out of the gaps over ...
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How to cut tall baseboard on a miter saw on the flat with an angle greater than 45 degrees?

Based on what you have said, the only way I can think to do this would be to create a jig that raises the angle of the baseboard to the correct angle. In this case you need to raise it by one degree. ...
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How do I know if blade fits the miter saw?

The diameter is important, as that's the maximum size blade that will physically fit in the saw. The arbor size is important, because that's the size hole that will fit on the saws mandrel. If either ...
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Power Miter Saw, Hand Miter Saw, or Jig Saw?

I agree that for cutting 2 x 4's you absolutely do not want to use a jig saw. While a jig saw is handy to have. As Ed mentioned, you cannot get square cuts and are generally used for thin material and ...
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What is causing the leak behind our gutter?

I would agree with your contractor that this is going to be difficult. Those look like standard 4" or 5" K-style aluminum gutters. I've only ever seen 90° pre-formed corners for them. Here's ...
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Can I cut lumber into thin planks for wall cladding with a miter saw?

I'd use a table saw. I've successfully cut thin slices from 2x limber. You'll be "ripping on edge". The miter saw would require you to position the wood grain (and thus the length of the ...
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How can I mate a stair skirt to the baseboard below?

I get the impression that you're using the same molding for the skirt under the finish stringer as for the base trim. If so, they'd meet like any other base trim corner... with a miter. You'll split ...
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Fix a shattered miter saw blade guard

Build it back up with superglue, but only one piece at a time. Using a flexible piece of acrylic, possibly heating it to fit well, screw or pop-rivet this over as much of the surface as possible. It ...
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Fix a shattered miter saw blade guard

Cut a semi-circular piece of Lexan or polycarbonate, then use pop rivets to attach it. First glue or tape the pieces together and trace an outline onto a piece of paper. Use the tracing to cut 1/8&...
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What size pocket hole screw for 1.5x1.5 miter?

The size of pocket hole screws are determined by the thickness of the wood or material you are joining not by the type of joinery. I.E. butt joint or miter joint. There is a guide that comes with the ...
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Cut a severe taper (70 degrees) using a compound mitre saw

A bit out-of-the-box but I was going to suggest a Tenon cutter (used to make log furniture). It would work best if (2) 2x4's were attached together to start with a square shape. Amazon Link However ...
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