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    Dominant Buck BowhunterNJ's Avatar
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    So I came across this interesting problem this past weekend...how do you make a 60 degree cut on a piece of lumber (say a 2x2) with a miter saw that only goes up to say 50 degrees in either direction?

    I should add I am far from a carpenter...it's all new to me, just messing around with some fun projects...so while this may be pretty easy to some, I'm still interested in solutions for the purpose of learning. I came up with one that worked, but I posed this problem with the guys at Home Depot and they didn't have anything better than I came up with already.

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    Cut a 30 degree angle and turn it around in the other direction. Since there is 9o degrees in a 1/4 circle it will work

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    Buy a compound miter saw
    When all else fails..... call in an Airstrike

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    Dominant Buck BowhunterNJ's Avatar
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    DRH53, I won't give the solution I came up with away yet, but yours will not work...it was the same mistake the guy at Home Depot made at first.

    Stevo, it is a compound miter saw with a max of 50 degrees right or left.
    Is there a difference between a miter saw and a compound miter saw?

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    Cut a wedge at 30 degrees and use it as a fence. Then set your saw to 30*.

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    ...very carefully sorry couldnt resist

    is a trim piece or a framing piece?

    is it a bevel or a mitre cut?

    Simple answer

    measure with your speed square mitre gauge etc and cut it with your circular saw.

    you have to turn it 90deg THEN cut at 30deg but a 2x2 on a mitre saw that can get a little hairy trying to hold it without making a jig to hold it square

    it really depends on what you are trying to accomplish

    Is there a difference between a miter saw and a compound miter saw?
    yes a compound can cut a bevel and a mitre at the same time

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    Dominant Buck BowhunterNJ's Avatar
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    OK Solid is living up to his name with a solution that matched my own! I did exactly that, except with a 15* wedge for a fence and a 45* angle...the thinner wedge lines up closer to the tool's fence and allows for more leverage (to me).

    The main problem with it is...why do you need to even wedge? Why do miter saws not allow for bigger angled cuts (most don't, a few do...at least up to 60 degrees, haven't seen any over that yet)?

    The fence on the miter is solid, you can brace against it and even clamp down on it, but when you introduce a wedge it becomes harder to stabilize it. You can stabilize the wedge, but you can't stabilize what you want to cut (most times you don't need to, but if you are doing a very precise cut at a big angle...it could become critical...then maybe the miter isn't the right tool?).

    So I'm curious what others come up with.


    DRH53, the reason your approach doesn't work is because you're working with 180 degrees, not 90 degrees (if we are looking at the problem the same way). You cut it at 30/150 and it's 30/150 on the other side too.

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    Flip the piece and cut a 30.
    You see the size of that GOSH DARN chicken?


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    Cut a 30 and place the two pieces in a right angle square. Then trace the 30 onto the other piece leaving a trace for a 60.
    You see the size of that GOSH DARN chicken?


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    bucksville...OK, half the terminology there is over my head

    This is literally the first time I've even used a miter saw.

    I only had a miter saw to work with, and it was a compound one...you can angle (bevel) and miter cut at the same time...but I couldn't figure out how to combo those two to make this cut.

    I had a 2x2 at 8 feet in length and I needed to put a 60 degree cut on one end (like a door wedge). With a miter saw that had 50 degrees on each side (100 total degrees) I figured there had to be a way to make a 60 degree cut WITHOUT using a wedge, but I couldn't come up with it...nor could the guys at Home Depot (they aren't carpenters either though).

    makosnax, how do you "flip" it and cut a 30? I can't visualize it.
    No tracing, no hand or table saw...just using the available angles on the miter.

    I should also add that 2x2 inconveniently fits right in between the fence gap where the blade goes through...so you can't turn it perpendicular and cut either...unless you put a "cut through" fence there.

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