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Chopper question.

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by DVieau2, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. DVieau2

    DVieau2 PFG, Picture Framing God

    For those who use a chopper: Do you always nibble away or do you rough cut with a saw, a smidgen long and fine trim with one cut on the chopper ? Nibbling away seems like extra wear on the blade that could be avoided.

    I get the dust issue but in my case it wouldn't matter.
     
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  2. Joe B

    Joe B SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    If I can chop it I chop it and yes, I nibble away because then my corners are perfect. If the moulding is not chop-able I use the saw. I don't use both for any moulding, I can't see a reason for it. It is either one or the other and yes, nibbling away will give a far better corner than a saw will but only if you have sharp serviceable knives on your chopper.
     
  3. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    I pre-cut on the Dewalt if the molding is either wide or a hardwood. Usually a half-inch longer.
     
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  4. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    I agree.
    I am not using a chopper now although I used choppers for many years.
    For me, it was either cut on the saw or cut on the chopper, depending on the moulding, but I never used a saw and the chopper on the same moulding.

    For "nibbling", it depends on the moulding I was cutting.
    Some very thin mouldings or fillets I would chop them in one bite.
    Other mouldings I might take a few bites but it was all about the "feel" of the chop for me.

    It's funny how the spell check wants to correct "moulding" to "molding".o_O
    I prefer moulding when I'm talking about picture frames.;)
     
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  5. DVieau2

    DVieau2 PFG, Picture Framing God

    My Dewalt does a fine job but I've always used a Barton Sander (great tool unless it drops to the floor) :eek::(:mad:
     
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  6. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    We have 2 Barton sanders.
    They aren't available anymore except used.

    We have used Dewalt saws for wood and metal cutting before but we have gotten a CTD D45 double miter saw.
    Since we started to use the CTD D45 saw that we got, we don't actually have to sand the corners with the Barton.
    I used a CTD D45AX saw for about 14 years previously and I never had to sand the corners.
     
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  7. prospero

    prospero SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    On very wide and chunky moulding I sometimes saw out a triangle piece first. With stuff like this you
    can't back the blades enough to comfortably take the first bite, so roughing out the waste makes it easier.

    The crucial part of the nibbling process is the final shave which is half other bites.

    It's best to do two sides at the same time or the cutting block is unbalanced and could lead to premature
    wear in the runners.
     
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  8. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    Arnold says it all, just....

    I didn't know that he was a framer...:p
     
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  9. David Waldmann

    David Waldmann SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    We use chopper only.
     
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  10. Fsimard

    Fsimard Grumbler

    We use chopper only too, and we only cut hardwoods.
     
  11. MATTHEW HALE

    MATTHEW HALE CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    this is the answer to every chopper question.

    chopper.jpg
     
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