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Making Wide Miter Saw Crosscuts

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Illustration by Narda Lebo
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A typical 10-inch power miter saw can crosscut a board up to about 5 1/2 inches wide. Great — but what if you need to cut 6-inch-wide baseboard or 6 1/2-inch crown molding?

Widen the cutting capacity of the saw by about 1 inch simply by putting a 2x6 board beneath the workpiece. That raises the piece so the widest part of the blade can cut it. For safety, securely clamp the piece and board to the saw table.

Take a Bigger Bite
Illustration by Narda Lebo
Take a Bigger Bite

A typical 10-inch power miter saw can crosscut a board up to about 5 1/2 inches wide. Great — but what if you need to cut 6-inch-wide baseboard or 6 1/2-inch crown molding?

Widen the cutting capacity of the saw by about 1 inch simply by putting a 2x6 board beneath the workpiece. That raises the piece so the widest part of the blade can cut it. For safety, securely clamp the piece and board to the saw table.

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