A miter saw is an electrically powered cutting machine that enables you to make a variety of cuts quickly and accurately. Surprisingly, the most remarkable part is its cutting precision and finishing. Now, you need not use the force of your body to cut wood; place it under the blade, start the machine, and keep the spinning blade on the wooden piece using the handle. Don’t worry; it will do the job for you within moments.
Now, the big question is – do you know how to use a miter saw correctly. Hmm, it’s essential; otherwise, you will not get your desired results. However, there is nothing to worry about at all; this article will show you some easy steps to use the machine correctly. Please, go through them if you are interested:
Before cutting woods, you need to make sure whether the following tools are ready. It will help you save time and ease your frustration. Let’s see them at a glance:
- Miter saw
- Safety glasses
- And hearing protection
Generally, you need some materials to make your cutting session successful. So it’s better to manage them before. Let’s have a look at what materials you need to manage for the project:
- Stock blocks
- 3/4-in. Screws
- 1 x 4 for sacrificial fence
How To Use A Miter Saw Correctly
Cutting wooden materials using a miter saw is somewhat tricky. So be careful during the cutting process. You should bear in mind that please don’t apply your arm force much while cutting wood; it may cause cracks and, thereby, damage the material.
Besides, choose a blade containing more teeth as it helps you cut smoothly. For example, if you are going for a construction cut, you should choose one having 50 + teeth, and for molding, 90 + teeth will be so convenient. However, let’s show you our easy steps of how to use a miter saw correctly:
Step 1: Marking the cutting part before will help you cut material accurately. In that case, firstly, measure the portion and then use a marker or pencil to draw the lines on the surfaces you are going to cut. Fortunately, you will find a fence at the back of the saw and now place the wood against it you have already marked.
Step 2: Always bear in mind that your protection is the key thing. If you are okay at the end of the day, you can do more work the next. So don’t be hurry and keep patience. I am telling all these things because the machine’s blade is unusually sharp, so an error can spoil your life by cutting your fingers if you work unconsciously.
Conveniently, the saw contains a clamp that helps you keep your fingers away. So placing it in the perfect place is crucial. Hence, we always recommend our clients set it at least six inches away from the blade. And there, you will get a small knob to loosen or tighten the clamp according to your need.
Step 3: Now, you need to prepare your saw. Here, angle adjustment is vital. As a miter saw user, you may be familiar with miter and bevel angles. The miter is the horizontal angle, and the bevel is the vertical angle of the saw. However, you can take help from the user manual before adjusting the angles because there, you will find different angle settings based on different cuts, and if you plan to cut without beveled or mitered edges, you need to set both angles to 0.
Step 4: It’s time to cut your wooden materials. To do this:
- Make sure that the blade is spinning at full speed.
- Gently press it onto the marking portion of the wood.
- Be careful; don’t apply excessive pressure on your arm.
- Just keep the spinning blade on the wooden surface, and it will do its job fairly well.
- After ending, don’t release the trigger until the blade stops spinning completely.
After reading our guide on how to use a miter saw, now you can handle the machine with ease that you couldn’t before. Listen, the device is so effective to make an angled or a miter cut if you operate it properly. And remember, before starting the session, don’t forget to wear your protective materials.