When do you need a dual bevel miter?

jopopsy(6)September 27, 2009

Hey Gang,

I plan on building a shed, work bench, maybe a built in, and hang some crown molding (will try the cut-n-crown system for the crown molding). Will also want to hang case molding around my windows.

I'm not a wood worker, just a DIYer. Do I need to spend the money for dual bevel or will single bevel be fine for what I want to do?



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It's very handy for crown moulding, picture frames. Good saw is the Hitachi Compound Miter, with 8" blade. Otherwise, you may never need two angles.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2009 at 5:51PM
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It is not necessary to get a dual bevel saw. I'm a DIYer just like you and I've used my craftsman 12 compound miter a ton and it only bevels one way. You can flip your piece over and get the same results as a dual bevel saw.

Actually my miter saw is my most used saw. When I bought it, I thought I would use it occassionally for moulding etc, but you'll end up using it like a chop block etc. I wish I bought a sliding compound saw. A sliding compound is real handy cutting large boards like floor joist. Since you plan on building a shed, I'd look at one. Sears has a 10 inch sliding saws that won't break the bank.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sears 10 inch sliding compound

    Bookmark   September 29, 2009 at 7:50AM
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Steven Laurin & Company

Having used my 12" compound miter saw extensively for various DIY projects during the past few years, I have to agree with comments made in the last post - and wish I had bought a sliding unit. But - thought it was too much $$ at the time. Prices have really plummeted.

Another regret is not selecting a dual bevel saw. It's a pain having to flip your work and reset cutting angles when mitering both ends of a piece, or even making compound framing cuts. I recently added an addition to my home and being the type who never designs anything mediocre - the design involved some complex roof and wall angles. This necessitated repetitious repositioning of work and resetting the miter table angles with each cut.

However, even if you select a basic unit, you will find this tool to be one of the most used in your basement/garage workshop.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2009 at 9:00AM
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A compound saw is handy with crown molding, picture frames and a number of other cuts which you may never use.

A sliding miter saw will allow you to accurately cut wider pieces of wood than you could normally do with a regular miter saw.

A laser, I believe, is one of the important issues, wish I had one.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2009 at 4:02PM
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masiman(z7 VA)

This looks pretty accurate compared to the other after market solutions. Irwin (and probably others) makes one that attaches to the arbor against the blade. It puts out a beam not exactly in line with where the cut will be, but it will get you pretty close.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2009 at 5:11PM
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The dual miter saw is easier to use, but as a home owner, a single is easier to use. I am the owner of Pacific West Mouldings and I only use a single miter.. so either can be done, and I specialize in crown moulding

good luck,
Pacific West Mouldings

Here is a link that might be useful: Pacific West Mouldings

    Bookmark   April 26, 2010 at 7:23PM
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My Son is a Builder , has done Cabinets and Trim etc. As Pacific has said with a little experience you can cut and apply Crown with a Simple Mitre Saw. A Dual Mitre would be over kill unless you intend on routine usage . A sliding Compound Mitre is a good investment over the typical Chop / Mitre . I guess it depends on the amount of use to justify the additional cost ? I'am No Carpenter but in short order could accomplish and apply Crown Moulding with my Cheap Mitre Saw , it just was a little slower and took a little practice and guidance from my Son lol .

    Bookmark   May 2, 2010 at 10:07AM
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