How to cut this moulding?

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Old 04-11-16, 01:40 PM
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How to cut this moulding?

The bottom piece of moulding has to be replaced. How can I measure and cut this angle with a hand saw?
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Old 04-11-16, 01:42 PM
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The simplest would be to take the old one off and use it as a template for the new one.
 
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Going to be a real challenge to cut that angle with a hand saw and not end up with a gap.
Need at least a cheap miter box, a compound miter saw would be even better.
 
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I would think using the old piece as a guide along with some caulking would give you nice enough joint.
Miter saw is best but a hand saw will work.
 
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Angle

Measure the angle with a t-bevel:

Johnson T-Bevel-B75 - The Home Depot

I would measure the angle from the remaining piece which is not being replaced since the piece being replaced is not fitting very well.
 
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since the piece being replaced is not fitting very well
That's a good point - I would try to do a better job than the last person did.
 
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But the point Joe was making is it will be quite difficult to get a nice tight fitting joint using a handsaw and cutting the angle off of a line or old piece as a guide BUT a little bit of well placed caulk can hide a lot
 
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Yeah, you're right Mark - that's also why this would be cut on my miter saw....

Rolomoto - any friends or neighbors with a miter saw?
 
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There is no reason why you can't get a good joint using a hand saw. Finish carpenters and cabinet makers got perfect joints for hundreds of years before miter saws came along.

I don't know what tools you have or what you want to spend but that joint can be made perfect by using a good quality backsaw or Japanese pull saw. You can buy a tool (Sterrett makes a good one) to measure the angle (15*?) or you can make your own with two pieces of wood and a screw. If you make your own tool to get the angle you can use it as a guide fence to make the cut.

I agree that the existing joint is a "bit loose". Depending on how tight you want the joint you could also get it close and fill it with caulk and paint it.
 
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There is no reason why you can't get a good joint using a hand saw. Finish carpenters and cabinet makers got perfect joints for hundreds of years before miter joints came along.
You mean other than lack of skill? Finish carpenters can do lots of things I can't.
 
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The angle is 22 1/2 degrees. Ask a neighbor to borrow a saw for one cut and make that miter. Then you can use your hand saw to cut it to length with a square cut on the end.
 
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Using a miter box?

I was under the impression that I couldn't use a miter box since they only cut 45 or 90 degree angles. Can I use one?
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It depends on the box, some have 3 slots but some have 5 - which is what you'd need. Some miter boxes are built better than others, the cheap built ones can get wallowed out in no time. IMO you can't beat a power miter saw!
 
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Cutting Angle

Use a mitre saw if you have one. If no mitre saw, build your own mitre box using the custom angle required for your cut. You only need 3 boards to build the box.
 
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