best saw blade for use on red oak stairs

Old 11-03-13, 08:40 AM
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best saw blade for use on red oak stairs

I need to cut 12 pairs of red oak stair treads and risers using a 10 inch chop saw. What is the best type of blade; teeth per inch? blade thickness? carbide tipped?

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Old 11-03-13, 10:06 AM
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80T, carbide, of a thin kerf if possible. Your problem won't be with the blade cutting it, but with your slowness in moving the wood through it and burning the edges. Move the saw and let it cut. Cut them from the bottom side, too, in order to alleviate boogers on top.

One thing, too, you are cutting stair treads on a 10" saw, you will have to make two cuts. I would cut them with a circle saw and 12" Swanson square for stability.
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Your trying to use the wrong saw for this job.
Your going to end up with a step because your going to have to flip or turn the board around to make the full cut.
You should be using at lease a 10" sliding or 12" saw.
There is no just filling in the gap when cutting stair treads, it's a one shot deal or there trash.
Your also most likely going to need a table saw to cut them to width.
If these treads go against skirts there almost never a 90 Deg. angle. Even a couple of degrees off in 12 " is a lot.

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