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Old 07-28-2015, 10:17 AM   #41
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Being I only had a few projects to build after we moved into the new (used) scaled down house (garage shelves, workbench, etc.), I bought a Harbor Freight 12" Compound Miter Saw (Chicago Electric):

12 in. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System

It's been suitable for my projects and I equipped it with a Freud carbide blade. I just cut all the aluminum extrusions with it for my screened in patio and it was fine. The precision cut of the saw was very acceptable. I also bought a folding saw stand from Lowes for around $150 on sale. I wouldn't use this saw for making a living, but for about 1/2 the price of a name brand, it is very acceptable.

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It's been suitable for my projects and I equipped it with a Freud carbide blade. I just cut all the aluminum extrusions with it for my screened in patio and it was fine.
That's a nice looking project, congrats. I'm a big fan of HF, and have the saw you bought, it's done a good job on baseboards and trim, I haven't tried anything complex with it. Did you put the HF blade back on before cutting the aluminum, or did you cut it with the Freud blade? I'm sure it would make very clean cuts, but I'd have a hard time doing that to a fine blade--like loading up a concourse show truck to haul cinder blocks.
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That's a nice looking project, congrats. I'm a big fan of HF, and have the saw you bought, it's done a good job on baseboards and trim, I haven't tried anything complex with it. Did you put the HF blade back on before cutting the aluminum, or did you cut it with the Freud blade? I'm sure it would make very clean cuts, but I'd have a hard time doing that to a fine blade--like loading up a concourse show truck to haul cinder blocks.
Thanks! all that's left is the screening (I hung the screen door yesterday).

Seeing I was cutting soft aluminum extrusions, I had the OE HF blade on there. Still did a nice job with only a quick file cleanup for end burrs on the aluminium after the cuts. That expensive Freud blade is saved for other stuff, although my woodworking projects are fewer these days.
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aja , does your source for extrusions sell online and ship ?
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aja , does your source for extrusions sell online and ship ?
Here's the way I bought the materials for the screen kit which included the following:

1. Aluminum extrusions
2 Roll of screening
3. All fasteners
4. Screen door with all hardware
5. Screen installation tool

Home Depot contacts with the manufacturer, Madden Manufacturing out of Lake Ozark, Missouri. Madden provides you with a design sheet to sketch out your project that gets sent to them (directly by you) and a "kit" gets assembled. The kit ships to your HD of choice and you pick it up any pay HD.

You can order individual pieces or a "door kit" from HD (see here):

EZ Screen Room 8 ft. x 10 ft. White Aluminum Frame Screen Room Kit with Fiberglass Screen-EZSR810CRW - The Home Depot

I suppose Madden only sells to distributors, but you can call them through the contact link:

Madden Manufacturing | Aluminum Handrail, Screen Enclosures, Patio Covers, Roof Systems
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Home Depot contacts with the manufacturer, Madden Manufacturing out of Lake Ozark, Missouri. Madden provides you with a design sheet to sketch out your project that gets sent to them (directly by you) and a "kit" gets assembled. The kit ships to your HD of choice and you pick it up any pay HD.

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That's pretty slick.
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