A compound miter saw is widely regarded as the most accurate tool for making crosscuts on wood, whether those cuts are square, angled, or beveled.
In many cases, these saws will allow the user to angle and bevel the cut at the same time, creating precise yet complex compound cuts.
This is particularly useful when cutting crown molding and other materials that require extremely accurate angled cuts. In this article, learn the features that you should look for when purchasing a compound miter saw.
Using a compound is fairly straight-forward. Simply place the wood on the table against the fence, set the angle and bevel, adjust the position of the board on the table, start the saw and plunge the blade into the wood.
However, as easy as it sounds, the miter saw can be quite dangerous, with injuries to the hands and eyes being the most commonly affected areas. In this woodworking tip, learn some safety habits you should employ to reduce the risk of injury when using your miter saw.
Although they are considered a portable tool, miter saws can be rather difficult to use effectively when away from the woodshop. One of the problems is supporting the stock properly on either side of the saw.
One of the best ways to address this problem is to use a portable miter saw stand. While plenty of stands are available commercially.
The butt joint is the most basic method connecting two boards at right angles since the end grain of one of the two boards will be visible.
In cases where a butt joint would suffice but you don’t want to see the end grain of the wood, try a mitered butt joint instead. In this article, learn how to build a clean mitered butt joint.
FAQ ‘s :-
1. What can you do with a miter saw?
A miter saw can be used to cut straight and angular cuts across the surface and on the face of the work-piece. To be more precise, you can use a miter saw to do crosscuts, miter or angular cuts, bevel cuts and a combination of crosscut and bevel or miter and bevel cuts.
If you are interested to learn more, see the tips on how to use miter saw.
2. What is the difference between a chop saw and a miter saw?
You might have heard people often using these two terms interchangeably. However, they are different machine tools. The primary difference between a miter saw and chop saw is that a chop saw can only be used for crosscuts, ie straight cuts perpendicular to the length of the workpiece. On the other hand, a miter saw can cut 90-degree crosscut, cut along an angle and produce bevel cuts.
There are few other differences.
Chop saws are heavy duty machines that cut a wide variety of material.
Generally, abrasive parting-off wheels are used as cutting blade.
3. Do I need a mitre saw, if I already own a circular saw?
Circular saw is very versatile tool that can perform most type of straight cuts, but it is less accurate. A miter saw on the other hand is precision machine designed specifically for angular cutting. For more details please refer to circular saw vs miter saw page.
4. What is double bevel miter saw?
A double bevel compound miter saw can produce bevel cuts in both left and right direction in the same settings of the workpiece. That means you don’t have to move and flip your work to make a bevel cut in the other direction.
5. How much can a 10-inch miter saw cut?
The size of the stock you can cut depends upon the angle of cut. The typical 10-inch miter saw will cut the following size.
Crosscut at 90-degree angle: Up to 5.5 inches wide. or 2 x 6 lumber.
Miter cut at 45-degree angle: 2 x 4 lumber
Plywood: 10 miter saw can cut thickness until 1.25 inches deep.