Miter Saw For Beginners – Safe Operation and Purchase Secrets
Any new woodworker, or even a professional for that matter, could do with a miter saw. It is practically indispensable. With its ability to make acucrate cuts, miter saws come packing plenty of other features to help perform complex cuts and intricate woodwork.
By now, you have probably guessed that whatever ‘secrets’ we are going to share are not really secrets but information that when used can save you plenty of long-term trouble. From safe operation of miter saws to these so-called secrets, we are going to take you through a step-wise understanding of the same.
What are the different miter saws out there?
- There are three kinds of miter saws...
- The basic miter saw (aka powered miter box).
- The compound miter saw (with the added ability of cutting two angles simultaneously).
- The sliding miter saw (with even more features than the last two, like its ability to make compound angled cuts on much wider materials).
- These power tools are used to make angled and compound angled cuts to plastic and wood moldings and for trimming work with finish carpentry.
What kind of miter saw can you use?
This part depends entirely on what kind of use you want the saw for. The project, task, application, or whatever, will determine the kind of miter saw required for the job. As you can imagine, this is entirely subjective; we cannot assume this or that is your absolute need and offer a hard and fast suggestion.
Once you have chosen the saw type you require, the next main category is Price. While some people are happy going for the cheapest option, others prefer getting the best money can buy, while some others occupy the middle ground. This is the wrong way to go about buying miter saws.
Secret: Price does not always determine quality. Some cheap saws outperform costlier ones or vice versa. New brands have shown to be better at times or even in select features than renowned well-established brands. It again boils down to application. What is the saw being used for?
- Miter cuts to perform quarter rounds, chair rails, and small baseboard moldings, all of which are going to be laid flat on the floor or against the wall can sure do with the efficiency of Powered Miter Boxes.
- They are just as excellent for squaring off 2x4 ends and making 45-degree angled cuts upto a certain size; they are too compact for large-scale applications, though.
- With all the same features and abilities as a miter box, a Compound Miter Saw goes one step further and lets you make cuts on two angles simultaneously.
- This is a great feature for when crown-molding work comes calling where wall-ceiling angles are 90 degrees with the corner forming yet another 90-degree angle going off in a different direction.
- Compound miters come in three different size blade models. Relying on the same saw blades as circular saws, you will find 7¼”, 10”, and 12” blade diameters on compound miter models.