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Old 11-09-2014, 10:15 AM   #41
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I have my eye on the new 16 ga bostich. Very cool tip.

How does everyone like the fast cap scribe? I have one and I think they could of done a better job with how the pencil is held in.

And what's everyone using the Festool Sanders for when installing trim? I'm guessing the ras is for copping?

And what about track saws for trim? Where you guys using them? If im ripping alot when trimming i use the small dewalt table saw with a combo blade.
Normally, I use my track saw (I have both the cordless and corded Dewalt), it's for breaking down sheet goods. We do some built-ins and it's substantially easier than wrestling 3/4 stock to the table saw. They're used for lots of other sundries, however, that's our primary use.

I know a lot of people that cope with a jig saw ... some with a sander, one guy I know uses a Dremel. However, I seem to be faster than any of them, some by far, using a simple coping saw. I don't know, I have used a Colin's coping foot with a barrel jigsaw ... and I may be somewhat faster with that ...

I am not nearly as fast with a coping saw as others that I have seen. I mean some of those guys are ... clamp,start, unclamp and next ... about as fast as I typed this.

I have the FastCap scribe. It serves its purpose but it's not (at least in my opinion) the neatest thing since sliced bread.

I believe the reason that people are typing a larger laundry list as they are thinking of "finish carpentry", not just trim work.
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:24 AM   #42
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I think they are also thinking finish carpentry.

I just don't see the need for a track saw in trim work..

If I had to back cut an extension or scribe I would pick the table saw over clamping and track to a 2-4" piece of stock.... Which is pretty much impossible anyway.

I've cut down probably hundreds of sheet goods and wide boards with my track saw. It's my favorite tool. Just not for trim!
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How is the ras compared to a grinder?

Same thing pretty much?

I've had my eye on one.
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when you get to about 300 lbs you will have all you will need to trim a new home.
don"t be fooled it will not fit in one box
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http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=71776

Probably not a must have, but is really LIKE to have...
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Clamps. Lots and lots of clamps. Then probably some more clamps
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when you get to about 300 lbs you will have all you will need to trim a new home.
don"t be fooled it will not fit in one box
No, not one but maybe several!!!
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I think they are also thinking finish carpentry.

I just don't see the need for a track saw in trim work..

If I had to back cut an extension or scribe I would pick the table saw over clamping and track to a 2-4" piece of stock.... Which is pretty much impossible anyway.

I've cut down probably hundreds of sheet goods and wide boards with my track saw. It's my favorite tool. Just not for trim!
I use the track saw to cut tiny strips and corner pieces all the time, usually without clamping anything. Tapered jamb extensions are much easier with the track saw than with any other system.

That being said, I wouldn't consider it to be must-have for crown, base, and casings.

I also wouldn't consider an RAS or the like as must-have for coping. Nice, but coping saw, files, and sandpaper work fine.

You can do without a laser level at first, though they speed things up a lot.
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it is like what tool has made your job easier. what job what day what week what year
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I guess if your doing new construction track home trim you won't need a track saw.
But almost every job I have done trim on I had to cut a door down a little, cut some shelving, make some built in shelving, ect.
On old stone houses most of the time the old window jambs are not even so the extension jambs end up all crooked and are made way easier on the track saw.
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I do a variety of carpentry trim but when I think of finish work, I thinkof built ins or spray finishing so I would go in that direction.
I also have a couple of routers but I don't use them to their potential. So I think a router table is valuable to a straight up finish carpenter.
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Most everyone has listed good stuff. I like to make sure we have the Kreg jig and plenty of pockets screws on hand too.
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I also love my veto. I've had it for a few months now and took a few things out that I don't use often enough. I reorganized it the other day.



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Another good tool to have is a drywall knife. When I have to remove trim I often put one between the flat bar and the wall to prevent damage to the drywall.
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I use a painters tool for removing trim---cut the caulk--drive in the painters tool and pry back a bit--
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I like using a stripping bar for removing trim
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I read through this list, two things I didn't see:

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Nice 4.5" grinder with a 40 grit sanding disc for copes.

You do cope right?
yep, I cope the inside corners on crowns. Not so much on baseboards.
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I like using a stripping bar for removing trim
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Pulling trim without damaging it can be tricky. I use everything from stripping bar to flat bar to cats paw to 3" stiff angle bladed putty knife. I'll throw in a deck of cards, just to round it out (thanks, Bass).

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