1. Other bloggers say that either boiling or steaming corks before cutting them with a kitchen knife is the easiest method. While I wanted to try one of those methods myself, my husband insisted that it was easier to cut them exactly to size with a miter saw — and he volunteered to cut them for me. I couldn’t argue with that. My corks were all about 20 mm wide, so he cut each of them into two 20 mm-long pieces. To get a consistent length, he clamped a piece of wood to the saw as a guide. We discarded the end where the wine had stained the cork.
Note: Using a miter saw to cut corks can be hazardous if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you’re a novice at power tools, I recommend trying one of the other methods to cut cork. And you might notice that the blade guard is missing on my miter saw. That recently broke. We bought a replacement since this photo was taken.