A miter saw is the most significance tool in the toolbox of anyone who is frequently doing the job of framing or cutting molding. It comprises of a blade which is suspended on slides or rollers and it functions with a miter box for yielding precise cuts.
There are a number of excellent miter saws available on the market, but even the best miter saw demands use of good techniques for obtaining the perfect cuts. It not only depends on the quality of the miter saw, but also the ability of the person to adjust the saw so that it gives impeccable precision while cutting.
- Learn how to position your boards on the saw table. Setting up your cut is very important and it can make a big difference in the resulting quality. Best case scenario, you take two boards and joint their edges. Now, the edges of the boards that you place on the table must be facing the fence and this is when you make a cut. Start out with a practice piece of scrap to get used to the following tips.
- Make use of your saw's clamps or a regular table clamp. It's nearly impossible for you to hold the materials steady enough while also operating the saw, and it can result in a poor cut or worse, an injury. Clamp the wood on the side of the saw before you make any cuts. This will keep it from moving as you're cutting. A clamp is much more reliable than your own strength to hold cutting materials in place.
- You must keep your hands steady to make a perfectly straight cut. However, a little trick can help you in doing this. That is to cut the board at such a point where there is a part of board present on either side of the blade. Cutting it right at the edges might deviate the blade and thus disable you from setting up the flawless right-angled cut.
- As they say “Perfect practice makes perfect work”! When you are practicing your cuts, you might be able to observe even the most minute details which you could have overlooked while working. For instance, if you see a slight gap you’ll immediately understand that’s where you swayed a bit and you can correct it next time. You can rectify by readjusting your blade and test again.
Remember, your objective is to cut the board in such a way so that when you level it with a flat, smooth surface, it fits right.Make sure your bevel angle is adjusted to 90-degrees too for making a right angled cut.
- After a few test cuts, you are ready to make cuts on your work piece. This requires just two easy steps. The first one is to set up a fence and the other is to set up the saw. In the first step you must place your fence at the right side of the blade if you possess a right tilt table saw, or vice versa if you have a left tilt miter saw.
Now, join the M.D.F to the same side of fence facing towards the blade. For this purpose use the bar clamps. The position of bar clamps is of utmost importance also. They must be placed at adequate distance in order to avoid clamps colliding with the blade. Also they must be placed at such a height so that they don’t have collisions with the material that you are cutting.
- Then, you have to put your wood piece opposite to the M.D.F and sketch a line on its apex.
- Next step is to set up the saw. Make sure you have separated the blade guard, splitter, or riving knife if any, from your miter saw. Then tilt the blade just according to your desired angle. The fence must be brought closer to the blade and positioned just as high so that the markings of M.D.F and the top most teeth coincide.
- After you have done this, turn on your saw. Keep pushing the fence into the blade till the instant sacrificial fence fully accommodates the top tooth of the blade.
These are the steps to obtain perfect cuts with miter saw. Following these steps will lead you to making a cut that has least quantity of removed wood.
A good miter saw can provide you with mechanical efficiency but in order to make flawless cuts, one must also be possessive of knowledge about techniques and methods that are necessary to make perfect cuts. It doesn’t really matter if you don’t have the latest and greatest miter saw; sound knowledge about how to make the right cuts will also help you float easily.