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Miter Moldings Safely
and Accurately


I recently completed a project that required cutting miters on small pieces of molding using a power miter saw. Holding the small piece flat was difficult because of its size and shape.


For example, the panel molding shown at right has a curved, decorative profile on one side and a rabbeted lip on the back side. The problem was, neither side would sit flat on the base of my miter saw.
 


     
To keep the molding from rocking back and forth when I made the cut, I attached a wood support block to the table of the saw with carpet tape, see drawing below right.

If you look again at the drawing above, you'll notice how the lip on the bottom of the molding fits tightly against the corner of the support block. This way, the molding will lie flat when making a cut.

To cut the miters, start by rotating the turntable 45° to the right. I placed the carpet tape to the base only and not the turntable. This allowed me to rotate the table without dislodging the block.
 
Now turn on the saw and lower the spinning blade until it cuts all the way through the molding and the support block. After rotating the turntable to the opposite 45° angle setting, just repeat the process for the other end of the molding.
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