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How to Create Molding on a Radial-Arm Saw

The radial-arm saw is often used to cut molding, but it can also be used to shape molding. The technique, however, is for experts only.

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  • Time

    2 hours

  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Angle the Blade

To shape molding, the radial-arm saw blade must be angled to make a cove cut. To do that, swivel the blade to the desired angle, less than 90 degrees.

angle radial arm saw blade to make cove cut

Step 2: Lock the Blade and Make the Cut

Lower the blade onto the stock and lock it in place.

Slowly run the stock through, parallel to the rip fence. The wider the angle of the blade, the steeper the cove cut will be. Cut compound coves using the same technique with multiple passes.

lower blade onto stock and lock it in place



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