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    Kirsten Brannon
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    How do you cut 45 degrees on a table saw?

    I am having difficulty cutting a 54 degree cut on a 1 1/2 inch x 5 1/2 inch piece of wood. I have no difficulty cutting the counterpart of 36 degrees. My saw is only 2 inches high. I have tried standing the wood on its edge, but the cut just isn't right (it gets longer in the middle) By standing it on its edge, I have to adjust the angle of the guide to 36 degrees. This gets me the 54 degree cut, but only half way through the wood, then I have to turn it over and reverse the guide to the opposite 36 degrees. My problem is that I can't get the cut to be straight. Please help me find a better way.

    thank you

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    RE: How do you cut 45 degrees on a table saw?

    >I am having difficulty cutting a 54 degree cut on a 1 1/2
    >inch x 5 1/2 inch piece of wood. I have no difficulty
    >cutting the counterpart of 36 degrees. My saw is only 2
    >inches high. I have tried standing the wood on its edge,
    >but the cut just isn't right (it gets longer in the middle)
    >By standing it on its edge, I have to adjust the angle of
    >the guide to 36 degrees. This gets me the 54 degree cut,
    >but only half way through the wood, then I have to turn it
    >over and reverse the guide to the opposite 36 degrees. My
    >problem is that I can't get the cut to be straight. Please
    >help me find a better way.
    >
    >thank you

    "My saw is only 2 inches high."

    http://a3.cpimg.com/image/4B/12/1786...-01E30190-.jpg

    Could be the problem :)

    I've tried pretty hard to understand what you're tring to do... and I don't understand at all... sorry.

    Can you use some standard terminology?...

    Cutting across the board is crosscutting... Ripping is cutting the board the long way, like making a board narrower eh...

    Are you using a miter gauge?...

    Little help please... :)


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    RE: How do you cut 45 degrees on a table saw?

    Holy Crap, Marc! Slow that diet down. You look like a skeleton! :)

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    RE: How do you cut 45 degrees on a table saw?

    It is like the second one where I need the featherboard. I am very
    new to this and am not sure of the terminology that I should be using, but thank you very much for your help. I will try that.



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    RE: How do you cut 45 degrees on a table saw?

    >It is like the second one where I need the featherboard. I
    >am very
    >new to this and am not sure of the terminology that I should
    >be using, but thank you very much for your help. I will try
    >that.
    :o Where can you get some of theses jigs?

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    RE: How do you cut 45 degrees on a table saw?

    Kirsten--

    Are you trying to put a 54 degree bevel on your board, that is, an angle cut along the edge down the length of the board, leaving a sharp point along the edge?

    Sometimes it's helpful to clamp (or screw, or double-face tape...) the workpiece to another board which acts as a "carrier board."
    The carrier goes against the fence and keeps its bottom edge flat while the workpiece loses its bottom edge. The carrier can then provide support to the otherwise fragile pointed-edge of the workpiece. Am I making any sense?

    ---Jerry

    You need to learn from other people's mistakes. You'll never have enough time to make them all yourself.

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    RE: How do you cut 45 degrees on a table saw?

    Check out "featherboard" (one word) and "feather board" (two words) on Google search. There are a couple of good links there. ;)

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    RE: How do you cut more than 45 degrees on a table saw?

    I am trying to crosscut 54 degrees.



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    RE: How do you cut more than 45 degrees on a table saw?

    So guys, why do they call those joints used in boxes, with the end grain beveled... miter joints? why not bevel joints? I've been woodworking for the better part of five years and that question has been a boil on my arse since I started. Until now I was too embarassed to ask. :)

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    RE: How do you cut more than 45 degrees on a table saw?

    Because they meet another bevel with a complementary angle and form a "joint".

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