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Forum topic by youngwoodworker posted 1077 days ago 711 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Topic tags/keywords: miter saw traditional

Most woodworkers own a mitresaw.This is commonly a presision engineered bit of equipment bought for hundreds of pounds but is there a cheaper solution?Basiclly the answer is yes you could use a saw with a right angled cutting jig or even a saw on its own with a set square and a lot of practice.Really do hobbiest woodworkers want to be cutting boards all day?No they want to enjoy the pleasure of building a project for family ,friends or even for themselfs.
So if your anything like me and you don’t even have the space for a mitresaw to sit do ,your self a favour go and get yourself some good qualtiy saws and enjoy woodworking whilstdoing some exersise with your new favourite tool.

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#1 posted 1075 days ago

Although craftsmen of days long past were proficient in the use of their tools, I wonder how many of them would not switch to a miter saw or any other motorized tool if it was available at that time. A miter saw is a much more accurate way to attain a precise cut. In your case, you don’t have the space for a miter saw, but I do agree, it would be nice to develop the skill. Japanese carpenters build houses with nothing more than a handsaw, chisel and mallet and a chalk line.

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#2 posted 1075 days ago

I think one of the reasons most people go with a power miter saw rather then a hand saw is because many people have never used a good sharp saw. After I used a good saw that was sharpened correctly it changed my view of hand tools completely.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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