View Poll Results: Select all the angles you typically cut with your miter gauge.

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  • 90

    33 86.84%
  • 45

    30 78.95%
  • 30/60

    13 34.21%
  • 22.5

    15 39.47%
  • 15

    5 13.16%
  • 7.5

    3 7.89%
  • Other (please describe in thread)

    12 31.58%
  • None, but I want to know how you make that little "degrees" symbol thingy

    5 13.16%
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Thread: Miter Cut Angles

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    Miter Cut Angles

    Recent discussions about Incra miter gauges have made me wonder...how many of you make angled crosscuts at non-standard angles? Select as many choices as is applicable. (But I'm asking about cuts you typically make...not some oddball cut you made once just to see if you could do it.)

    For me, I'd say over 99% of my crosscuts are done at 90 and the rest have been at 45. I could probably count the all 30/60 cuts I've done on one hand.
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    Me. I use my Hitachi SCMS. I can split a gnats fanny with it. Half degrees are a piece of cake. Quarter degree is a few seconds longer to set up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Reed View Post
    Me. I use my Hitachi SCMS. I can split a gnats fanny with it. Half degrees are a piece of cake. Quarter degree is a few seconds longer to set up.
    My point is how often do you cut something other than 90 or 45? That's the main object of my curiosity. (Keep in mind, I don't do trim carpentry, so I've not had a need to fudge a miter cut to get it to fit an unsquare wall.)
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    Mostly for trim as well. Other is when I really mess things up or the carpenter who build the wall did For really off cuts I often have to sand/shave to fit anyway so 0.01 accuracy on the cut itself is irrelevant.

    The 15 is handy for making "round" corners (=== / \ ==== so 6 * 15 = 90) for trim pieces or other curves where you don't have a lot of meat to work with on the pieces used.

    A project I'm currently working on had some 31 cuts, but they could have been 45 if I had re-thought my layout and would have been easier to do to boot.

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    Explanation of "other": Don't forget, *nothing* in this house is square. So if something is going to fit a space, it's going to have an odd angle, or three...

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    The slanting top hutch that I'm (slowly) building requires a bunch of 5 degree (so how do you make the degree thingy ) angles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    ...(so how do you make the degree thingy )...
    Hold down the <Alt> key while typing 167 on the numeric keypad of your keyboard.

    Are you making those 5 cuts for your hutch with the miter gauge or by tilting the blade?
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    on the Mac it is option-shift-8

    I rarely if ever cut anything other than 90, if I do, it is on the miter saw, however I've always wanted one of those fancy Incra Mitre Guage thingamajiggers

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    I use my crosscut sled and will occasionally cut to fit if i need an oddball angle for something.
    Last edited by Ned Bulken; 04-25-2013 at 07:26 PM.
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    You make a good point Vaughn i bet the boys at Incra are having fits over this poll Still it did not stop me picking up my new Miter Gauge today. Yippee no more craftsman miter gauge frustration. Now all i need is more shop time.
    cheers

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    I've made numerous taper-sided boxes that require odd combinations - like 44.2 miter with 0.9 bevel, etc. Everything from flower pots to decorative boxes and potpourri jars.

    Most work is at the more common 22.5/45/90, though.
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