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  • Hi Hamilton - been a busy few weeks with travel, work and family, taxes, etc. I managed to get out and clean up the mess, no serious damage except for the total loss of the canopy.

    I have hit a bit of a roadblock on the build. My issue is that I'm trying to cut tapered bricks for the opening arch, but the 10" saw does not have enough clearance to cut through 4.5" of material. Furthermore, the splash guards on the side and back of the blade housing are obstructing on the deeper cuts so I cannot push the brick all the way through.

    I've considered removing the splash guards and flipping bricks to finish the cuts. It just seems like it's going to be tedious so I wonder if there is a more elegant solution?

    The other challenge I've uncovered is that the jig I built needs some work. The minimum slope on is not shallow enough due to the heads on the carriage bolts I'm using. I think I may need to create a recess on the lower board so that the bolt heads can recess completely.

    I'm also at the stage where I need to start thinking about mortar but I haven't started as I wanted to solve these other issues and so I can more forward efficiently when I start the dome.

    Anyway - that's the latest from Portland.
    My build thread: https://community.fornobravo.com/for...-pdx-42-update

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    • Good morning.

      I have not used a wet saw, my bricks were cut with a 12" double bevel compound miter saw so I am not able to provide a solution but I'm sure somebody will respond soon.
      It is good to see you back it!
      My Build photos
      https://photos.app.goo.gl/6D9Fsy1hbL9tvzHA6

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      • With a 10" saw you are going to have to make taper cuts in two passes coming from opposite sides. I discussed how I did this on the linked post below. It will help to pre-sort your bricks to get some that are square or at least have the top and bottom sides parallel. Because you are making cuts from both sides with hopefully a constant set angle, if the sides aren't parallel your cuts will be at different angles (does that make sense?). I also like you found I had to remove the splash guards to make a deeper cut.
        https://community.fornobravo.com/for...post382412

        Last edited by JRPizza; 04-27-2022, 07:32 AM.
        My build thread
        https://community.fornobravo.com/for...h-corner-build

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        • PS, if you have access to a printer I can send you the file I used. Could also modify it if you needed a different angle.
          My build thread
          https://community.fornobravo.com/for...h-corner-build

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          • Still looking for my fixture file. In the meantime, do you have all your tapers figured out for the arches? The link below has a spread sheet that can help - check it out and let me know what you think.

            https://community.fornobravo.com/for...293#post397293
            My build thread
            https://community.fornobravo.com/for...h-corner-build

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            • I do have my tapers figured. Thanks!
              My build thread: https://community.fornobravo.com/for...-pdx-42-update

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