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Posted on Newbie 12" Miter Decision (Bosch/Hit/Dew)

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#1 posted 11-20-2012 05:16 PM

For cutting bed rails, a table saw is awkward because of the
cantilevered board sticking off to one side. You can work
around this by making a large cut-off fixture for long boards.

As a practical matter I have used miter saws a lot in making
furniture but it’s mainly because they make handling
longer boards easier. They are messy saws however and
I would tend to use such a saw outdoors.

For making boxes the table saw is often a better choice
because the parts are not large and the ability to use
zero-clearance plates and jigs almost eliminates tear-out
at the bottom of the cut. Miter saws can do a good job
but the table saw usually makes a cleaner cut. Blade
choice and the grade of table saw matter of course.

It really depends on what standards you are working to
and, with boxes and humidors, whether you intend
to sell the work. Mitered box corners can be a tricky
thing to get right… a disc sander is the go-to fix-it
tool to absolve the sins of circular saws.

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