08:06AM | 02/26/00
Member Since: 02/25/00
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Would someone in the know please tell me what kind of saw is best for cutting masonite and picture stretchers. As you can tell, I am a beginner. I want to use the materials to back up mosaics and or frame them. Is a hand saw best? If so, how strong does one have to be to make a straight cut. I am afraid my arthritic hands are the problem and have been considering a power tool, but have no idea what to get. Also, is it possible to get a light weight power saw? Most of the ones I have seen are 35-40 pounds and lifting that, much less steadying it would be difficult.
Any other ladies out there who have solved this problem? Any advice would be a big help. Thank you in advance. Em

Bill Stout

05:57PM | 03/09/00
Member Since: 01/17/00
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Miz Em: Masonite can be cut, nailed, or glued the same as plywood. any saw (hand saw, circular, copping etc.) will cut it. As to cutting a straight line I use a straight edge that I fasten to the masonite with "c" clamps. Then being careful to hold the saw next to the straight edge while sawing, you will have a perfectly straight cut. Remember that to protect the finished surface next to the edge the saw teeth should go into the finish side, not out of it. ie. when using a portable (not a table saw)power saw the finish side should be face down because the teeth of the saw cuts by cutting from the under side to the top. This way any chiping of the edge will be on the non-finish surface. I think you should be able to handle a scroll (commonly called a sabre saw) saw very comfortably. This saw has a blade that goes up and down. They are light weight (prob not more than 7 or 8 lbs.) by using the straight edge you can cut a straight line (and if careful, you can cut a pretty straight line freehand) and you also have the advantage of cutting free form cuts (patterns). I just finished installing 40 4'X8' sheets of masonite and I used the scroll saw about 25% of the time.
Good Luck. Let me know how ti works out for you. And if you have any questions email me.


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