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How to Cut A 45 Degree Angle Without A Miter Saw?

You could be a hobbyist or a professional woodworker; angled trims are like your daily breakfast. You know it requires decent creativity to reach the expected result. In most cases, people prefer to go with compound sliding miter saw when it’s about trimming. What’s great about is, using its markings you can get the angle you want for your specified task.

You would be happy to know; there are also some other techniques you can use to get your specified angle quite easily. In this article, we will give you a complete guide on, how to cut a 45 degree angle without a miter saw.

So, let’s get started.

A clear guide on how to cut trim at a 45 degree angle without a miter saw

Here we have a step-by-step guide on how to cut an angle without a miter saw.

Let’s get on with it.

Tools You Will Need

  1. A sharp pencil
  2. A piece of rectangular paper
  3. The wood you want to trim
  4. A hand saw

The Process

In this section, we will walk through the process of cutting a 45-degree angle without a miter saw. Let’s start with step 1:

Step 1: Place the paper on your work surface

First and foremost, lay the piece of paper on your work surface (ensure the surface is flat). The width of the paper has to be lying across the surface while the length lies along the surface.

Step 2: Fold the piece of paper

To fold the paper, utilize your right hand. First, gently fold the right-hand part in a way that the top right side point lays on the other edge. Now you are supposed to have a sharp triangular edge on the upper left side of the paper.

Make sure its width is lying on your right-hand side length. You will have a triangular-shaped shaped paper on the top side and a rectangular-shaped on the base.

Step 3: Turn the paper upside down.

Now, you have to turn that folded paper upside down as the untouched left side turns as (become) the right side.

Step 4: Fold the paper one more time

Fold the paper from the left to the right side by using the new corner you just made. Do it in a way that the newly formed corner lies on the right edge. Now you are supposed to have a quadrant-shaped paper. Both the folded and unfolded ones are supposed to lay in a similar position.

Step 5: Open the folded paper and place the wood on it

Now, open the last folded part and place the wood you will cut at a 45-degree angle. Make sure it is lying on that side of the paper that you folded last time. That is supposed to divide the paper into two quadrants. The wood should be lying on the left side. Make sure it’s in line with the third parallel.

Step 6: Lay the folded papers free side on the wood

Pick the folded paper free-hand side gently using your hand and put it on the piece of wood. After that, ensure it’s firmly fitted so that it doesn’t move. Now, the fringe of the paper will create a direct inclined line on the piece of wood.

Step 7: Draw a line on the wood.

Now, you got to draw a line on the wood using a pencil and use the fringe of the paper as a ruler. The fringe of the paper should be lying at 45-degree.

Step 8: Remove the paper

Once you have a clear line, remove the paper. And you are supposed to have the line at a 45-degree angle.

Step 9: Cut along the line

Now, grab your handsaw and cut the wood following the line you just drew. Make sure you hold the wood firmly, so it doesn’t shake. And keep your finger at safe proximity so you don’t accidentally get hurt. The angle should be at 45-degree now.

See More: How to cut a 135 degree angle on a miter saw?

Safety Tips

Here are some quick safety tips you need to follow when you are cutting angle without a miter saw:

  • Don’t use low-quality blades and, make sure you replace the blades when they get damaged or malfunction.
  • Make sure you have all the required protective gear on while working.
  • Don’t use the saw when you are tired or sleepy.
  • Try not to overpressure the saw handle.
  • Before getting started, read the manual given with the saw.
  • Clean your work area regularly and keep all the unnecessary stuff away from the working area.

See More: How to cut baseboard inside and outside corners with a miter saw?

Final Words

After reading the article, we hope now you know how to cut a 45-degree angle without a miter saw. Knowing such DIY tricks will help you to save valuable time and also save your budget. At times you may not have the required tool to get your project done, and, in such a scenario, this kind of skill and knowledge will save you.

We are not telling you to stop using a miter saw; even when cutting angles with a miter saw, it will be a lot easier for you. This guideline is just for the worst-case scenario when you will have no options left.

Congratulations, now you know how to cut corner trim without a miter saw.

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James R. Robertson
James R. Robertson

James R. Robertson is an expert advisor in all types of saws. His hobby is using different types of saw tools and has over 8 years of experience. Based on his experience with different types of saws, he is sharing his opinion about various saws. So that a beginner can get started right away. Happy reading!

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