I got the best Christmas present ever this year: a compound miter saw! Thank you, DH! This is me making my very first cut and I'm terrified. Compound miter saws are great for finish work like cutting crown molding because they can cut angles in a vertical plane (bevel) and a horizontal plane (miter). We're debating whether or not I'm allowed to put up crown molding.
(As an aside, when we first bought the house, I presented DH with a 3-page list of all the things I thought needed to be done to it. He was frustratingly non-committal. Pressing him, I said, "Are we on the same page here?" And then he zinged me with one of his Top 3 Best Lines of All Time: "We're in the same book."
Soon after, for his birthday, I gave him a coupon for a Line Item Veto. It gives him the right to veto one house project without any debate from me whatsoever. But only one. And when it's gone, it's gone. So now he's always holding it over me whenever I start talking about crown molding or hardwood floors. But, of course, then I remind him about some other thing he might wished he had saved it for. Like an addition...)
But the first thing I've done with the saw is make a frame for the mirror in the hall bathroom. It was pretty simple, just a bunch of 45 degree miter cuts, and it looks so much better in there.
I stuck the frame on with Gorilla Glue. I'd never used it before. It expands 200-400% percent as it cures. And it takes 2 hours until it sets. So I was sort of frantic after I put the pieces up and they're sliding around and glue is seeping out and hardening everywhere. I had no way to brace it! You can see I had to get creative with tape and Church manuals and a rolling pin (what was that for, I wonder?) ...
Ta-Da! Just waiting on paint.