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Saw blade for fine finish

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Saw blade for fine finish

I'm a bit confused which blade to buy for my 10" mitre saw. I need to cut four oak 3.5"x3.5" table legs which are stained and I need a nice fine cut that doesn't chip the wood.
I found these two but they are both fine finish and have different number of teeth. Will the cheaper blade do the job?
https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.10-i ... 77972.html
https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.10-i ... 77978.html
Last edited by DIrty-D on Jan 9th, 2018 11:38 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Sep 9, 2008
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The D1060X which is 10". Second blade is 7 1/4".
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Err, the cheaper one is 7 inch, the more expensive one is 10 inch.
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BlueSolstice wrote: Err, the cheaper one is 7 inch, the more expensive one is 10 inch.
Thanks fixed it
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Wrap the wood in tape and it'll stop it from splintering, or put a 2x6 under the wood you are cutting so it cuts into that piece as well
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schade wrote: Wrap the wood in tape and it'll stop it from splintering, or put a 2x6 under the wood you are cutting so it cuts into that piece as well
Oh nice tip thanks. I will wrap it with green tape regardless but the 2x6 trick is a nice touch. This will raise the table leg though so it wont cause an issue with the cut?
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Jan 11, 2017
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the avanti 2 pack from depot is the best deal for 10" blades, it's almost cheaper to buy new ones rather than sharpening them too. If you don't want it to splinter use a tri square and knife the cut line all the way around the top of the leg.
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schade wrote: Wrap the wood in tape and it'll stop it from splintering, or put a 2x6 under the wood you are cutting so it cuts into that piece as well
I was just about to post this, when I saw I was too late.
It does work though.
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DIrty-D wrote: Oh nice tip thanks. I will wrap it with green tape regardless but the 2x6 trick is a nice touch. This will raise the table leg though so it wont cause an issue with the cut?
You could use a scrap piece of plywood instead, or buy some zero clearance tape for the base of your saw. That would help a fair bit too
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You've gotten good advice to reduce chip-out. The last piece is to move your blade slooowwwly through the wood - especially when you get to that last bottom corner facing you. If you've followed the above advice (tape, sacrificial piece of wood, scoring the line with a knife, zero-clearance tape) and you use a 60 tooth blade, you will have the end result you want.

Mitre saws are not used for ripping so a fine-toothed blade works best for the majority of projects we use them for - with the exception of deck building. And even then... My standard blade is an 80T 12" Avanti - more or less equivalent to your 60T 10". The Avanti is fine. I've had Freud before and it was quieter for sure but I wear hearing protection anyway...
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Thanks everyone for the advice. I picked up the 2 pack of Avanti fine blades and they worked perfectly. I didn't score the wood, I only taped the legs where I made the cuts. The end result was awesome. No chips whatsoever!

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