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Beginningwoodworker

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09-24-2010 02:48 AM

I was taught by my shop teacher that the table saw is for ripping and the miter saw is for crosscutting, I am wondering do anyone else that do this? or I am crazy for listening to my shop teacher?


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#1 posted 09-24-2010 02:58 AM

I use my table saw for cross cutting all the time…especially for cutting wider boards and makiing panels etc.
I primarily use my miter saw for trim work and cross cutting thinner boards.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 09-24-2010 02:58 AM

Charles, a table saw can be used for either operation but a miter saw can only be used for crosscutting.

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#3 posted 09-24-2010 03:01 AM

I own, both but I tend to use miter saw because I dont have a good miter guage.

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#4 posted 09-24-2010 03:02 AM

I Always cross cut on my Miter saw amd almost always rip on my table saw.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#5 posted 09-24-2010 03:03 AM

A simple plywood sled can be built which is a great aid to crosscutting on a TS. There are plenty of them here on the Site…I bet the search for Crosscut sled or Table saw sled would return lots of hits.

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#6 posted 09-24-2010 03:30 AM

I have both, but personally, I actually prefer to do almost all of my cuts on the table saw – both crosscut and rip. You do have to use the appropriate jig/guide to do it safely and acurately. I feel like I can make the cuts more acurately with the table saw. Yet, probably the biggest reason is that the motor on my miter saw is much more noisy than the motor on my table saw. My miter saw is a makita. It isn’t a cheap tool. However, it is very noisy. The main difference is the universal motor that the miter saw uses vs. the induction motor on the table saw.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#7 posted 09-24-2010 03:42 AM

Here you go Click

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#8 posted 09-24-2010 03:43 AM

I do occasionally cross cut on the table saw, but for stuff that is within the capacity of the miter saw, I use that. I was taught the same thing as you, but back in the day it was…

The Radial Arm saw is for crosscutting, the table saw is for ripping…

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#9 posted 09-24-2010 03:47 AM

Hands down, the table saw is superior for rip cuts. Depending on the width and length of your wood and the table of your saw, it’s kind of a toss up. I do not think most of us would cross cut 1” x 10” x 12’ on regular table saws. You can but… If the boards were of a reasonable length, then the table saw works. I use the Miter for long thin and my panel saw for long wide (3/4” oak 4’x8’ for example).
As the old saying goes, “just cause you can, don’t mean you should”. Have safe fun out there.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#10 posted 09-24-2010 04:00 AM

I pefer my miter saw and circular saw for all my crosscutting needs.

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#11 posted 09-24-2010 04:26 AM

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#12 posted 09-24-2010 04:27 AM

Pick us a moderate miter gauge, attach a nice straight length of hardwood to the face and make cross-cuts with your tablesaw. The miter gauge extension will support your work, and back-up the piece you are cutting to reduce tear-out on the back side…...I save the miter saw for angle work, trim and molding.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#13 posted 09-24-2010 04:52 AM

It’s all a matter of personal preference. To some degree my table saw, miter saw and plunge saw (festool) are redundant. Almost any task can be done on at least 2 of these saws. Yet, depending on the job I almost always have a preference.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#14 posted 09-24-2010 05:06 AM

I might invest in a incra miter guage.

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#15 posted 09-24-2010 05:07 AM

Once I built a sled I use my table saw for almost everything.

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