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post #1 of 10 Old 05-20-2012, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Cutting quarter round

I'm fairly novice at working with trim but have done a little bit of it before. I am using a miter saw to cut quarter-round. Doing pretty decent but having issues cutting the small little pieces used for rounded corners. (the little pieces cut at 22.5 degrees.

Anyway the problem is the miter saw will on occasion send that piece flying through the air. I dont want to get to close with my fingers so it support it another pieces of wood but i'm guessing since that piece is so little the blade is just carrying it with it.
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Try using a hand powered miter saw.
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Well it's better to have little pieces of molding flying than fingers. Sometimes you have to put a larger piece of wood behind the molding you are cutting to support it when cutting. If that doesn't work try holding the trim down with a piece of scrap wood.
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What I usually do when cutting small molding is put a solid fence on the miter saw, make a cut, usually a 45 but in your case 22 1/2. Then cut either all your lefts or rights to a little longer than will be required. Then flip the saw to the other position and move the fence close so when you make the next cut you will only have the single slot cut. Then cut the other angle. This will keep the pc backed up and prevent most of the moldings from taking flight. Or you could tape the pc down.

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Cut the little bitty pieces by hand as suggested by joesbucketorust.
Going through life with abbreviated fingers is sub-optimal. Don't ask how I know........
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You could use double sided tape to fix it to something, but if you have many cuts you'll go through a lot of tape.
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Thanks for all the reccomendations

@steve i think what you are suggesting might work since it appears that the pieces typically go flying when they are not supportedand i'm making the final cut. A board behind it (like a 2x2) might keep it from flying since it typically goes shotting away from me through the fence gap.

I'm guessing when people say fence thats the vertical pieces you typically but the trim against
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An unsharpened pencil with an unused eraser with a third hand holding it down works also.
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You can make a sacrificial table/fence and attach it to the miter saw. Adjust the depth of cut on the saw. A piece of masking tape can be used to put a leash on the small pieces, leave the saw down at the end of a cut until it stops. The table/fence in the picture is used up and will be thrown away. An advantage to these is that you know right where the blade will cut and there is no gap in the fence for pieces to disappear through. It will also provide a zero clearance backer until it's a bit used up and eliminate raising hair on the underside and back edge of moldings.
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