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Cutting Hardwood? Answered

So, I've been wondering about cutting different densities of wood. I picked up some relatively hardwood from my local shop "Langevins et Foret" here near Montreal. VERY nice store with an amazing selection of wood by the way. But now I'm left wondering what's the best way of cutting some of this wood. I have 3 choices of saws to work with: a) hand held cordless Makita with a 7 1/4" blade b) Dremel SawMax with a little carbide disc blade c) a monster mitre saw with a 12" blade. The next question would be, after choosing a saw, what type of blade should I use? I assume that cutting very hard woods will have very different demands on a blade...maybe you could enlighten us a bit on this topic

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mikeasaurus

Best Answer 2 years ago

If you have the choice, a mitre saw will give you much cleaner cuts. Blades are typically differentiated by tooth count, fewer teeth means a faster more aggressive cut, more teeth will yield a cleaner cut that needs to be done slower.

I'd say the tooth count is more important for the type of cut you want than the type of wood, as long as you go slow your saw should be able to handle any type.

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Taolin

2 years ago

Ya, I figured my mitre saw would be the best/easiest to use for this.I was just trying to be lazy and not lug it upstairs into the garage. I prob won't have time to tackle this until next weekend :( Thanks for the info. So just a finish blade? That's all I need? Nothing else to look for to deal with the hardness of the wood?

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DylanD581

2 years ago

If you're making a cutting board like I did, use either one of the miter saws with a Finish blade. I would personally choose the Makita. I used a table saw for this, but since you don't have one, make sure your cuts are straight and take your time. Cut them down to the rough dimensions and then glue and clamp it together. Then using the same saw and blade, cut it down to size and start sanding.