Sliding Compound Mitre Saw Help Needed

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Forum topic by 12strings posted 07-04-2012 03:08 AM 1012 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-04-2012 03:08 AM

I just got this tool, and am not sure of standard practice. Which side should the finish piece of wood be on when I cut: I am right handed, so lowering the saw with my right hand, should the waste be to my left or to my right? Does this change if I ma tilting the blade?

Also, is it a good idea to use stop blocks clamped to shop-made extended supports in order to make multiple pieces all the same length?


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#1 posted 07-04-2012 03:20 AM

doesnt really matter, sometimes you have to have the piece on one side or the other depending on the angles you are cutting. The only real rule is hold the piece down with whatever hand is on the side of the saw you have the finish piece on….in other words never cross your arms (this is probably the best way to cut yourself). even though you are right handed there are times when you will have to use the left hand to lower the saw (when finish piece is on he right)

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#2 posted 07-04-2012 07:48 PM

without knowing your saw…I think the rule is top of the teeth come to the finished side (e.g. table saw finished side up, circ saw finished side down which would also apply to miter saws).

the motor on my Dewalt is to the right of the blade which obstucts my view (and where my hand-hold is) I prefer the cut-off to be right of the line…line up the left side of the blade to the pencil mark (clear view that way).

but I’m sure everybody has their own preferences.

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#3 posted 07-04-2012 08:06 PM

To answer your question on stop blocks ect to cut pieces the same length the answer is yes. Keep in mind if you do not secure and hold down both pieces and you make the cut and do not stop the blade or keep it from raising you will eventually get a piece flying out at you. When I need to make a lot of pieces the same length I will use the hold dpwn clamps to the finished piece and use my left hand to hold down the other side. Pay attention and you will be fine.

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#4 posted 07-04-2012 08:15 PM

Having a hold-down, that normally comes with the saw, on the piece near where the blade will cut helps. Never cross hands in front of the blade as Mark said. Have blade up to speed before touching wood. Have the blade all the way down and slide it through the cut in stable continuous motion. Attach a vacuum to keep the dust from causing a problem.

If doing crown moldings, it is handy to use a crown molding jig to hold the piece as it would be on the ceiling and wall. This way you don’t have to keep setting all the compound angles.

This tool is one of the best!

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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