Getting the Most Out of Your Sliding Miter Saw

Published January 8, 2017 in House - 0 Comments

A miter saw a versatile tool for home improvement. When you start to use it, the obvious question to ask yourself, is how can I get the most out of this piece of equipment? And really, the answer is that the possibilities are endless. And kind of home improvement project that you want to undertake that uses wood, can be helped by proper usage of a miter saw. Not even just that, but any kind of addition that you would like to make outdoors, can also use a miter saw. For instance, constructing a shed can be improved by making your own cuts of wood, to your own dimensions. Even things so simple as making your own picture frame can be done by using a miter saw.

The sliding compound miter saws blade is mounted on the arm and slides forward for wide cuts. It also tilts so you can cut bevel and compound cuts. So yes, this saw is both a sliding miter saw AND a compound miter saw. If you find you’re cutting a variety of wide and narrow materials, and also doing bevel and compound cuts, the sliding compound miter saw is probably what you want. Note: If you’re doing beveled cuts on wide stock, you’ll want a best sliding miter saw. All saws handle wider stock when laying flat rather than up against the fence vertically.

The real answer to this is, anything that utilizes angular shapes of wood is something that can help you get the most out of your miter saw. Any kind of new molding that you might want to add to a room can be done by intricate cuts on a miter saw. Although doing work that close might be difficult, with lots of practice you can make precise cuts utilizing your miter saw. Of course, there is additional equipment to help when you’re doing work like this. With the more expensive blades, and different kinds of blades, it can help you make cuts that simply changing the angle, or being more skilled with the miter saw can do. When you buy additional blades, it opens up more doors for you to make precise cuts. As well, improving your miter saw stand allows you to make cuts on longer pieces of wood. Although the earlier constructed stand is decent for most every day work, if you have an extra long stand, you can work more precisely with extra long cuts of wood. No one wants to work on an improperly stable piece of wood. Although buying another stand for this is nice, you can simply construct a longer stand yourself using the same process, there’s no need for extra hassle.

When your board is up against the fence, you can do a bevel by changing the miter angle. But if the stock is too high, you can’t do the bevel. A compound saw will still do the bevel when your material is laying flat on the miter table. The table has a bigger capacity for width. You will also find that there are Dual Bevel sliding compound miter saws. It’s the same saw, but will tilt in both directions. When the saw tilts both ways, you won’t have to flip your stock around to make another cut. It’s not completely necessary to have dual bevel, but it makes things more convenient. If you don’t think you’ll ever cut really wide stock, read about compound saws that don’t slide. What you think is wide and what someone else thinks doesn’t matter. Just think of the widest stock you want to cut and check the specifications of any saw you’re considering to buy to see if it can handle the width.

Another way you can make more precise cuts is by the aforementioned tactic of cutting long, then making shorter and shorter cuts. Remember; you can always cut more. You can’t cut less. So what you need to do is cut over and over, each time getting closer to the mark that you had set before in pencil. Once you get close to it, make precise cuts over and over until you meet the exact specification. With this method you can make close, professional grade cuts. There’s no need to just try and make a perfect cut in one go, not everyone is a professional miter saw operator. Just be careful, and take it slowly. With that that, you can get the perfect cut of wood every time when using your miter saw.

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