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Tool Test: Bosch CM10GD Glide Miter Saw

by Chuck Bender
page 12

Bosch does it again, only smaller, with its CM10GD Dual-bevel Glide Miter Saw. Like its big brother (the GCM12SD), this saw has a hinged-arm system that creates a smooth, gliding action when extending the saw for a cut. While the similarities don’t end there, you will find some differences.

On the surface the 10″ version looks identical to the 12″ saw. Both share the same footprint, but the rotating table is smaller on the 10″ tool. This probably won’t impact the overall performance of the tool, but I like the large worksurface on the 12″ model. Occasionally on the CM10GD, with just the right size piece, it’s easy to tip the work during a cut.

One feature from the 12″ version I wish had made it to the smaller is the built-in stock support extensions. You can put the saw on a stand with shop-made stock supports, but it’s nice not to have to take up the extra room.

The 10″ miter saw is powerful and the glide mechanism is smooth and saves shop space. The detents are accurate and, with the addition of the crown and baseboard stops, this saw can do everything the larger version does for around $50 less.

Contact: boschtools.com or 877-267-2499
Street price: from $699
Blog: After cutting miters, learn the trick on how to glue and assemble them easily.

Tool Test: A New Way to Inlay

One word describes this tool, its cutters and the twist on the materials used: innovative.
By the editors
Page: 16

From the August 2010 issue #184
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Seldom does a tool come along that changes how we look at a woodworking technique, but the Noden Inlay Razor does just that. The Inlay Razor, designed by Adjust-A-Bench inventor Geoffrey Noden, allows you to make an unlimited variety of inlay bandings as quickly as you can prepare the wood.

Although the process looks as if it might be slow, the work glides along easily. In fact, the process to create straight or curved banding is as addictive as it is creative.

While the tool itself is very simple, the idea and the design of the cutters used to slice the wood are outstanding and a bit mind-bending. The concept is light-years ahead of its time, but the cutting blades are decades old.

Blog: Read more about this tool and watch a short video at popularwoodworking.com/aug10.