01:36AM | 12/19/01
Member Since: 08/22/01
16 lifetime posts
Hi there-

My baseboard is already to go in. It's a two piece setup with one piece about 4 1/2" high and rectagular and a small molded piece going on top. I'm looking for a little advice on miter saws and blades. What should I get to cut those vertical 45 degree angles? Obviously, I need something that can clear the height of that base piece. Any suggestions on blades to get the cleanest cut? Since I'm doing 7 or 8 rooms and some hallways myself, I'm not worried about spending a few bucks on a saw and a blade or two.

Thanks for all your help,



10:32PM | 12/19/01
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Chris,
DeWalt makes a good miter saw for around $ 280.00. I own one and am happy with it. I tried the 10" saws and the 12" saw is alot more versatile. As for blades, when doing molding, an 80 tooth finish blade will make almost perfectly smooth cuts in your wood. When you get your saw, also purchace a fence clamp to hold your stock in place. I don't care how strong a person is, the wood will move. An 80 tooth, 12" blade at Home Depot runs around $ 60.00. Also get a coping saw, (cheap) to finalize your fit.
Good Luck, Len

[This message has been edited by Iceman (edited December 20, 2001).]

steve k

12:35PM | 12/23/01
Member Since: 12/22/01
3 lifetime posts
Another option is a compound miter saw, that way you can lay the molding flat to cut it.
Steve K

Mark Hammond

02:23PM | 12/26/01
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
An eighty tooth or more blade is a good idea but I would specify carbide to keep things even cleaner. The longevity of carbide is well worth the cost. Lying the stock flat will work good to but do remember the hold down, miters will slide......Mark Hammond


04:32PM | 12/30/01
Member Since: 08/22/01
16 lifetime posts
I appreciate all the replies. I got lucky - a guy at work had a 12" Dewalt with clamp I could borrow. I grabbed a good blade from home depot and things are going well!

I appreciate all the replies!!


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