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Cutting Small Parts On The Miter Saw

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 02-11-2016 02:47 PM 1630 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In this video I share how I cut small parts on the miter saw.

I am sure this one will be cause for active commentary from the safety police and maybe the hand tool junkies for not using a fancy hand saw to cut small pieces.

Well, this is the way I do it in the American Craftsman Workshop. Because if the tool doesn’t make any noise and throw a rooster tail of sawdust, how am I supposed to know that any work is getting done?

I hope you enjoy the video and find it helpful;)

Remember to let your work be your signature.

Your friend in the shop,

Todd A. Clippinger

Share the Love – Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com



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#1 posted 02-11-2016 04:03 PM

Nice video Todd…good information and well presented!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#2 posted 02-11-2016 04:10 PM

bear – Thanks man! I did that all in one shot with no script or outline. It just flowed out, I could hardly believe it since most do not go like that.

Thanks for watching;)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#3 posted 02-11-2016 06:05 PM

Great video, Todd. I’ll be sure to try this technique.

I know my kapex has a depth of cut feature that will be useful to keep me from cutting my fence in half accidentally.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#4 posted 02-11-2016 09:39 PM

Great video, Todd—thanks for sharing!

I still think some kind of indexing system would make it quicker and easier to line up the kerfs. But then again, if the ZCI’s are disposable, it doesn’t matter if the kerf gets enlarged over time.

-- Dean

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#5 posted 02-11-2016 10:18 PM

Dean – As the kerfs become enlarged, I will cut new ones. On some of the ZCI’s they end up with several kerfs in them. Sometimes the cut needs to be prioritized on the left of the kerf, and sometimes on the right. So it is inevitable that it will happen.

As a contractor, simple, effective, and fast is best. Basically, the need to make money distills everything down to doing just what needs to be done and nothing more.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#6 posted 02-11-2016 11:18 PM

Yes, your intro SCARED me!

Being I don’t have a power Miter saw, I have to rely on Sleds for the TS… :)

Good food for thought!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#7 posted 02-12-2016 01:47 AM

Joe – sleds on the table saw can work great. I don’t go that route because in the shop my miter saw is next to the assembly table. I would have to walk 50 feet total to the table saw and back or move my assembly area to the table saw.

My other situation is using the same setup on the job site. It just works better using the miter saw than the table saw on the job site.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#8 posted 02-13-2016 02:20 AM

Todd, the advantages of a small shop… :)
... and disadvantages of a small shop!

1. I do not have a power miter saw.
2. I wouldn’t have more than 8’ of walking if I did. :)
3. I don’t go to job sites.
4. The sleds have been made… & in use for awhile.
5. I would probably have to move 1/2 of my shop stuff around, & to the driveway, to get to it, if I had the room for it. ... then, put it all back when done for the day.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#9 posted 02-13-2016 01:26 PM

Nice one Todd….............after I got my breath back… lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#10 posted 02-13-2016 03:05 PM

Thanks for watching Roger! Hope all is well.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#11 posted 02-14-2016 12:50 AM

Nice job on the video, Todd.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 02-14-2016 12:50 AM

Thanks Bob!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#13 posted 02-14-2016 02:47 AM

Thanks for this info! Very informative and clear.

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#14 posted 02-14-2016 04:22 AM

BB1 Thanks for the positive feedback! I am working on more!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#15 posted 02-21-2016 05:36 AM

I truly am glad that you are back posting here. A lot of big names have left ( probally due to this site won’t allow them to delete posts that…) and I especially like ” share the love share the knowledge”

-- CA_GAY_GUY

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