Best saw to use for installing bead board?

tinycottageMarch 29, 2005

A question for those who have installed either the bead board planks or the full panels as a kitchen backsplash:

Did you find that you needed a table saw, or was a hand saw sufficient for the job?



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Table saw is easier with which to make a straight cut.

Circular saw is handier as far as closeness to the job--need a straight edge and clamps, tho. And you need to figure out the extra measurement for the saw shoe against the straight edge---so the saw blade cuts the correct length.

Either way cut with the back side up, puts any tearout/splintering on the back side of the wood.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2005 at 11:57PM
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Thanks for the advice, HandyMac! We'll give it a go with the table saw.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2005 at 1:35AM
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Happy to help---let us know how the job came out, Ok?

    Bookmark   April 4, 2005 at 9:21AM
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Table saw cuts are finished side up. Portable circular saws are finished side down.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2005 at 3:58PM
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You are correct. I forget many folks do not have a zero clearance insert on a table saw.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2005 at 11:23PM
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Duly noted, brickeyee. Thanks for the tip.

Our beadboard panels are currently "acclimatizing" (sp?) and we still need to chip off several hundred one-inch tiles (ugh!) before we get on with the beadboard installation.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2005 at 2:27AM
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Goodness! Have 2 years gone by already!?

I'm popping back to say "Thanks!" to the folks on this forum and others for their help. We succeeded in completing our renovation as we had envisioned.

Here is a link to one of the Yahoo! photo albums I put together of our cottage renovation. It shows the steps we took when installing beadboard as a replacement for the ugly tile in our 1946 cottage kitchen.


Here is a link that might be useful: Beadboard in cottage kitchen

    Bookmark   June 2, 2007 at 4:09AM
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