Miter Cuts for Tall Baseboard


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Old 09-22-14, 08:20 AM
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Miter Cuts for Tall Baseboard

Hi, I'm trying to figure out if there's a product that will make miter cuts on 7.25" baseboard without going to the expense of buying a power miter saw. Is there a miter box in the market with the sides tall enough to accommodate this height? Some moderate internet searching hasn't produced any positive results yet. Thanks.
 
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Maybe a skil saw and speed square .... but I'd want an electric miter saw!
 
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Thanks for your reply. I agree that I'd want to upgrade my tools eventually but we just moved into a new house and the budget is tight right now. I'll check out the speed square.
 
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Lay the board flat and make your own miter box... with a 1x2 lip in front and back. If the cuts in your 1x2 are accurate theat will be a good start. A back saw is best for miter box cuts.
 
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How many cuts do you need to make? can you borrow a miter saw?
 
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This is reason to buy a saw but I'm the kind of person who's always looking for justification for the next tool purchase.

I'm with Mark that a circular saw would probably be my next choice or see if a neighbor has a miter saw you can borrow - I have a couple neighbors who use mine on occasion in exchange for a 12 pack of Mountain Dew.
 
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All but outside angles can be coped.
 
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... but you still have to miter the edge before you can cut the cope - or do y'all know something or have trick I don't know about?
 
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Quite a few. Redoing the whole house. I might be able to borrow one from a friend.
 
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Having the right tools makes the job a lot easier [and more fun, less stressful] It would also be nice to have a nail gun and air compressor.
 
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Nice call, Mark - yep, compressor and air guns for putting that baseboard in place is the way to go.
 
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Not only will you need a miter saw, but a compound miter saw. Your cuts will have to made flat.
You're in for a learning experience.
It's not bad once you get the hang of it.
 
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Thanks for all the help and suggestions. Based on the replies, I've decided to break down and buy a 10" compound miter saw. Looks like Amazon has a pretty good deal on a Hitachi.
 
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Used a 10" for years. Got a 12" when it went belly up. I'd never go back to a 10". Not sure if a 12" will cut 7" but a 10 definitely won't. You definitely need a sliding miter saw for this.

Just checked my 12" might do 7" but that is it and of course less at any thing but 90.
 

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If your motor on the 12" saw is offset like my Ridgid, it will cut, barely the tall base without hitting the motor frame. Not sure why you want such tall base, but to each his own. 5 1/2" speedbase is handled quite well on the 12" offset motor.
 
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Yeah, just reading through the manual online and it looks like 5 21/32 is the max for the bevel cut on the 10".
 
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We have 9' ceilings throughout and a large cathedral great room. I can't say if 7" baseboards are correct for this, my wife's the designer.
 
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Personally I like tall base as long as it doesn't overpower the room. I think the most important thing is are you willing to buy the tools you need to install it ..... or able to borrow them.
 
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Tall base like that should be made of 1x8's (all square cuts) then use a base cap moulding on top. Its the only thing that needs to be mitered, and its installed last.
 
 

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