[This is part of my Molding Installation Tool Kit series.]
A good blade for your 10″ or 12″ miter saw is just as important as the saw itself.
Most miter saws come with a general purpose blade, so you’ll need to replace your original blade with a finish blade, like this 80-tooth Kobalt blade I bought from Lowes Home Improvement.
Until now I’ve been cutting moldings with the general-purpose blade that came with the used, Rigid miter saw I bought for Our Molding Makeover, just so I could show you what can be done with the most basic of tools.
This Kobalt is a good upgrade for the money, and will cut your moldings just fine.
For me it will be a significant upgrade, and I’ll be so happy to start using it on my next molding project — building a valance box (pelmet) for our master bedroom. (Read this post by Jennifer to find out why we started this project right now.)
Price and Specs
- Unit Price $40.00
- Size 12″
- Tooth Count 80
- Material Carbide Tipped
- Vendor Lowes Home Improvement
Even Better Blades
If you want an even better blade, then you can spend two-three times more money on these other high-quality saw blade brands:
Learn More About Miter Saw Blades
If you want to learn more about miter saw blades, there are many well-written articles and woodworking forum discussions on the subject. A quick search will turn up enough results to keep you busy reading for a few hours.
For our purposes, this simple upgraded saw blade will be such a welcome change from my old blade, that I’ll think I’ve died and gone to perfect-miter heaven!
How to Install Moldings (This is the BIG series!)
Twenty-One Pieces of Moldings (You can do this!)