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Old 10-26-2008, 08:56 AM   #1
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I am remodeling a deck for a customer. They had a 25' x 15' treated lumber deck that I took apart. I left the joices and reinforced some of them. I will be installing composite decking and vinyl railing.

My problem is one that I have not yet run into. They have 2 corners on the deck that are odd angles. One is 35 Degree angle and the other is a 25 Degree angle.

I need to cut 35 and 55 degree angles for one corner and 25 and 65 degrees for another angle. My miter saw goes to 50 Degrees. I know there is a way that you can cut all angles with it but I am not sure how. Someone suggested cutting 50 Degrees then turning the composite over, readjusting the saw angle to 5 degrees the opposite way, then cut. That doesn't seem right to me. How would I go about cutting those angles?

Thanks in advance!

I have attached the miter saw I will be using.
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Old 10-26-2008, 09:07 AM   #2
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What exactly is it that your cutting at a 25 and 65 and how will they match up? WHere are you located in Pa?

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One of these...


and one of these...


and you should be fine.

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I was going to say that in my post, but was more interested in what he's cutting at that extreme an angle difference.
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set up a table or supports that will let you lay your decking 90 degrees to the fence. do your math and you're off and running.

another method is to cut a 15 degree wedge and fasten it to the fence. this now allows you to cut a 65 with 50 degree saw
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I am remodeling a deck for a customer. They had a 25' x 15' treated lumber deck that I took apart. I left the joices and reinforced some of them. I will be installing composite decking and vinyl railing.

My problem is one that I have not yet run into. They have 2 corners on the deck that are odd angles. One is 35 Degree angle and the other is a 25 Degree angle.

I need to cut 35 and 55 degree angles for one corner and 25 and 65 degrees for another angle. My miter saw goes to 50 Degrees. I know there is a way that you can cut all angles with it but I am not sure how. Someone suggested cutting 50 Degrees then turning the composite over, readjusting the saw angle to 5 degrees the opposite way, then cut. That doesn't seem right to me. How would I go about cutting those angles?

Thanks in advance!

I have attached the miter saw I will be using.

Cut a 5 degree wedge the length of the miter saw fence. Place it against the fence. This will turn a 50 degree cut into a 55 degree cut.
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Hey guys thanks for the post. I do have those tools but I always thought there was a way to do it on the miter saw. I am located in West Newton, PA.
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Hey guys thanks for the post. I do have those tools but I always thought there was a way to do it on the miter saw. I am located in West Newton, PA.
Just a few questions?

What tools do you have? You must have a speed or other type of square and a power or hand saw?

Are you actually "doing" this project?

Is this a beer night bet with some of your buds while watching Paige Davis on Trading Spaces...?

Just ribbin' ya. If it CAN be done...someone on this site will have an answer for you.
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BTW, please refrain from calling joists "joices", that is so annoying.
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Sorry that would be the autocorrect in the browser.

Yes I am doing this job. I have speed square and a power saw. The guy at Lowes really confused me when telling me how to use it.
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They confuse me too!!!!
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Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but wouldnt you need to use the same angles so the long and short points match up ?
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Sorry that would be the autocorrect in the browser.

Yes I am doing this job. I have speed square and a power saw. The guy at Lowes really confused me when telling me how to use it.
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or cutting any angle over 45 degrees on a miter saw lets say you have a 60 angle your saw only goes up 45 you can cut a 15 degree angle put it on the fence of your saw dial your saw to 45 and hold the board you are cutting on the 15 and you will end up with a 60 I was install so molding on the wall of stair well the wall thats on the angle and one side was 30 or 35 well when you have 4 corners if you have a 30 you will have a 60 anyway try that I hope I explained where you understand regards Rob
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On occasion when my circ. saw wasn't available I have marked an angle that is over a 50 with my square and simply moved the board wherever it needed to be to make the cut. Pretty much the same idea as putting a cut piece along the fence but without the extra cut. I could see using a small piece along the fence if I had several cuts to make but I probably wouldn't trust its accuracy.
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Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but wouldnt you need to use the same angles so the long and short points match up ?
It would if he was mitering opposite pieces , but he also may be cutting those angles to fit along theoutside boarders.
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The guy at Lowes really confused me when telling me how to use it.
Why are we still talking about this?
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Sorry that would be the autocorrect in the browser.

Yes I am doing this job. I have speed square and a power saw. The guy at Lowes really confused me when telling me how to use it.
You don't ask the guys at Mc Donalds how to cook fine meat do you?

The tip about adding to your fence (look up a few posts) works fine.
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what a not so bright question for a self employed contractor. I would've kept that one to myself and slept on it.
your on your way to a self unemployed contractor.
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