Two Tools for Faster, More Accurate Trim Work
posted on July 21, 2006 by Rockler

Meet "Don," an apprentice trim carpenter.  What's Don doing? He's hiding his first, second, third and fourth attempts at cutting a short but expensive piece of maple crown molding in a scrap pile before his boss gets back from the lumber yard.

If only Don had a Starrett ProSite Protractor, he'd know that the corner he's trying to miter is a hair under 89 degrees, not  "about 90."  And if he had an Infiniter RS-1 Laser Cutting Guide, he'd have put the cut he was shooting for in exactly the right spot on the first try, and he'd be three or four pieces down the line.  "Nice job, Don," his boss would have said.

The Starrett ProSite Protractor

Made by one of the most trusted names in measuring and calibration tools, the ProSite protractor gives fast, dead-on accurate readings of real world angles - the ones that so often aren't exactly 90 or 45 degrees. The protractor has two easy-to-read scales - one that gives the angle of the corner, and one that figures the angle of the miter cut for you.  The solid aluminum arms slide on a durable Teflon O-ring, so the tool will perform with the same smooth action for years, even if you leave it out in the rain once or twice.  With the ProSite, there's no more fumbling around with a T-bevel or guessing where to set your miter saw - it tells you exactly where to set the angle.

The Infiniter RS-1 Laser Cutting Guide

This affordable precision guide attaches to your miter saw or circular saw and aims a beam of laser light along the exact path of the blade.  It's triggered by the centrifugal force of the tool, allowing you to line up the cut after you fire up the blade.  The guide really helps out in trim work, where molding contours can make cut lines difficult to sight.  And it's perfect for cutting small pieces that are difficult to hold in one spot and have a tendency to slip off the mark when you power up the saw.  There's no wiring or complicated installation - just bolt it on with the blade and you're ready to go.

(The characters in this post are fictional  - any resemblance to actual trim carpenters is entirely coincidental)

posted on July 21, 2006 by Rockler
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