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post #1 of 7 Old 10-22-2017, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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How to make this trim cut??

I am adding trim to finish above my fireplace and am hoping for some ideas on how to measure this cut for the trim pieces around the support log. Any tips on how to accurately measure rhisnsould be helpful.
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I usually guess at it and make a template out of scrap wood. If you want a tool for this you might pick up a contour gauge.
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That's my contingency plan, make a template out of cardboard
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Contour gauge used along with either thin ply or cardboard would be how I would do it.

Or, in lieu of the contour gauge a circle made the diameter of the log.

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You can use a compass as a scribe. Cut the piece to length. Put it in place and slide it over until it contacts the log. Let's say it overlaps the previous piece by 1 1/2". Set the compass to 1 1/2" and hold it level with the pencil marking the piece to be scribed and with the point running along the log. Run the compass around the edge of the log keeping it level (level is very important - and by level I mean the tip of the pencil is level with the point on the compass). This will give you a very accurate scribe. If you're unsure, just cut inside the line and test fit. Once you test fit, you can see what areas need addressed and you can then trim them to fit.
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Thanks for all of the awesome ideas, I will try them all with test cardboard
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