13 Steps (With Pictures)

Whether you’re banding a tabletop or making a picture frame, make sure the wood color and the grain pattern match at the miters. The best results for these joints are achieved by cutting the angle of the joint with a drop saw instead of a hand saw, this creates very straight and neat edges. And sure, I’ve made miter cut frames, but it does take a little work to get the miters right and tight. Instructions: Always make cuts on the waste side or else the piece you measured to use will be too short. Basically, we will focus on 2 types of miter saws: Compound and Sliding Compound.

With its time-tested combination blade design, four alternate top bevel teeth with one flat-top raker, it effectively rips and crosscuts both solid wood as well as sheet stock, although not as effectively or efficiently as specialty blades. The saw also miters 60 degrees to the right and 50 degrees to the left and features an adjustable miter detent plate with 10 positive stops.

Saws also differ by whether the blade arm simply rotates (a basic miter saw) or both swings and slides (a sliding miter saw). While you’re not going to use a ripping blade on a miter saw, you’ll more than likely use a crosscut blade on your table saw. Examples of a compound cut would be the miter cuts on a piece of crown molding or the angled cut on a roof rafter where the piece of wood contacts a valley or hip rafter. This is a very useful post for people interested in learning to cut wood correctly.

Another unpleasant miter saw event happens when the blade catches the edge of a piece of cutoff and fires it across the shop. Butt the short leg against the miter gauge fence and adjust that fence so that the long edge (left) of the square is exactly on the edge of the miter slot. With a carpenter square, you will be able to make 90 degree cuts on your timber.

While a 10-inch miter saw is oftentimes a common carpenter’s favorite working tool, a 12-inch saw may prove to be more effective when it comes to wider and thick cuts. Angle the miter cut toward the piece you are cutting and away from the off-cut if you are mitering for an inside corner. So I simply set 38 degrees left, cut left, set 38 degrees right, cut right – put the two pieces together and I have a perfect miter joint. With a board flat on the base of a miter saw, any angled cut across the wide face counts as a miter” on any miter saw. After I learned about it I discovered most carpenters know and use it, as well as many others who work with wood.

You can also miter plywood carcase parts, but there’s a caveat: the tip of a mitered plywood corner is very fragile and prone to damage. Now seeing that I have a very basic miter saw that cost me all of $119, I would assume that laser guides are now coming standard on most new miter saws. The best power tool option here is the compound miter saw, which is of course named for its ability to make these angled cuts. With a lot of research and discussion with professionals who use miter saws every day, we have put together a miter saw review that will give you all the information you need to make the perfect choice for what your needs.

MD10-806 , use a thick, carefully ground steel plate to ensure smooth, accurate cuts. If the blade is slightly out of square to the miter slot, the width of the kerf will be slightly wider, but the cut will be square because the miter gauge moves the wood in a straight line. If you have the money, you should consider investing in one of these, instead of a miter saw.

Over the last ten years the compound and sliding compound have emerged as the standard for the best miter saws. This angled cut is what you typically see at the corners of picture frames and profiled trim that surrounds windows, doors and other framed openings. If you are a Do-It-Yourself carpenter or just an average woodworker, a 10-inch miter saw will work well enough. Make simple miter adjustments ranging from 0 to 52 degrees using the thumb-actuated positive miter stop.

I personally have a 10″ Ryobi miter saw that cost me $119 at Home Depot (pictured to the right), but I’ll admit that if I lived in a bigger place with more room to spread out, and to have my tools set up permanently in a workshop, I would invest in something bigger — a 12″ sliding compound miter saw. Danny Lipford: Now this technique also works great for taller moldings, such as base moldings or any type of crown molding that’s so popular around the house. The exposed end-grain of the spline was the first thing they commented on when they saw the piece.

The DEWALT DW715 has a wide miter capacity ranging from 0-50 to the left and right which also adds versatility. Get on the fast track to the woodworking content you really like by joining my list and telling me what you most want to see in video, text, song, poetry, and performance art. These are the supports that slide out from the miter table to help support the cutting piece.

It was the same for me, learning by trial and error over the last thirty years or so. Wood is a wonderful material to work with, planing and carving especially, is very satisfying. Now this technique works well to cut the wider boards, it’s also a good safe approach when you’re using a miter saw. You can check your cuts with a carpenter’s square to see if the saw is cutting accurately and make adjustments as necessary.

My statement that three corners always fit, but it is the fourth that does not is tongue in cheek humor, not a serious justification for making three corners inaccurate. I have to say that in some cases, I’ve found that I’ve needed to tweak his numbers a bit, to get the corners to fit tightly. My father owns (and only recently purchased) a Bosch miter saw, and in the spirit of loyalty, I wanted to help justify his decision. This isn’t intended to be a comprehensive guide to 10″ and 12″ miter saws, and it definitely won’t apply to everybody, but these points are something to think about. Power miter saws typically come in two popular blade sizes: 10 inches and 12 inches.

Make sure that bevel and miter settings are holding fast, that the blade is on tight, and that there’s no appreciable slop in any of the working parts. When several miters are to be cut, sliding T bevel may be set to the 45 degrees and the other miter lines drawn with it. A compound miter saw not only does an up and down cut with the blade, but you can also tilt the blade so that it cuts at an angle. I use miters in many of my boxes, but they certainly aren’t the only joints to use.

More advanced miter saw blades can also tilt left and right while the blade rotates left and right. Most miter saws and table saws, if set up well and equipped with a good-quality blade are capable of making straight cuts. You can create your own guide by clamping a thin piece of wood to the fence of your Miter Saw. Keep in mind that the thicker the wood, the more likely it is the miters will open up as the wood moves. You should have an easier time working on the complex cuts at all times without any issues.