Here is another tip to use in your home woodshop. Not all of us have an 80 or 100 tooth, fine finish miter blade in our chop saws. Use this method to get a smoother cut from a typical chop saw blade that has many fewer teeth.Take a rough measurement of the board you are going to cut. Then take some masking tape (it can be typical masking tape or one of the newer blue painters tape) and adhere it to the board where you are going to make the cut. Measure the board again this time making an exact measurement. This measurement should fall somewhere near the middle of the masking tape. Make your cut and you should have a perfect, tear free cut. Another great application of this is when cutting the bottom of doors.
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