Cutting Adhesive Felt w/ Miter Saw

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Forum topic by Volsung posted 04-01-2020 11:31 PM 351 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-01-2020 11:31 PM

I’m working on a dice tray, and I realized belatedly, that I cut the base of the tray very slightly too long. So the joinery doesn’t fit, and there would be small but annoyingly visible gaps between some of the pieces.

It would normally be easy to trim off the fraction of an inch of extra length with my miter saw, but in my enthusiasm, I already attached adhesive felt to the tray base that needs to be altered.

Is there any danger of damage to my saw or person if I shave off about <1/8 inch of wood with adhesive felt on it?

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#1 posted 04-01-2020 11:51 PM

Never tried it with a miter saw. It might grab? If you try it, go felt side down. But it’s no problem on a table saw felt side up. I’ve done it quite a few times.

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#2 posted 04-02-2020 12:21 AM

If it were me, I would use a sharp knife and score/cut the felt along the cut line. It might prevent the felt from being shredded by the blade.

I have never done this before, it may not help but it certainly won’t hurt.


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#3 posted 04-02-2020 04:30 PM

I’ve had the same experience as Tony_S, no problem on the TS (felt up). I’d worry a bit about the miter saw grabbing the felt a bit more and leaving a rough edge (the TS is basically cutting on a down stroke).
You might try TonyC’s idea and cut with a razor blade on your chop line first or sandwich the felt with another piece of wood (plywood or masonite) while cutting. It’ll help hold the felt in place.

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#4 posted 04-03-2020 10:57 PM

Thanks for the advice on this. I had a bit of a “duh” moment today and realized, to be safe, I could try peeling off the felt, cutting the piece, and putting on a new piece of felt. (I have a lot of it left over from another project.) I think I’ll have some workshop time this weekend to give it a shot. If I can’t get the felt off I’ll try what you suggested—using the table saw, going felt side down, maybe sandwiching it or scoring it. Thanks again

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#5 posted 04-04-2020 04:43 AM

Try sandwiching the felt between a second piece of wood, cut through both. The second piece should protect the felt.

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#6 posted 04-04-2020 05:19 AM

I use my 12” disc sander. It has a larger flat table surface to control trimming felt. With the felt tape up. But the felt I do this is 1/4” thick rocking chair felt.

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#7 posted 04-04-2020 11:34 AM

Try sandwiching the felt between a second piece of wood, cut through both. The second piece should protect the felt.

- WoodES


-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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