If you own a miter saw, you most probably rely on it for precise cuts and angled cutting works. If you are not getting the required outcomes, then may be the power tool is not on the right song.
It is really important to get the right angle while cutting, if you are trying to get a 90 degree, then the miter saw should give you the same. Let us discuss a few tips that will help you to get the perfect cuts.
How To Setup the Miter Saw For Perfect Cuts
1. Prepare Test Stock
Take two boards of the same length and perfect edges. Check the edges by jointing them. The board should be wider instead of narrow. For best results, the width of the board should be as close as possible to the maximum cutting width of the saw.
2. Make a Cut
Against the fence with the jointed edges of both the boards, make a cut. If you want, you can cut both the boards at the same time. However, it is better to make a cut when the blade has material on both sides instead of skinning the end grain. Skinning the end grain can deflect the blade away from it, making adverse impacts on the cut. If the blade will find material on both the sides, the cut will be straight.
3. Check The Cut
Place both the boards on a flat surface with the cut ends against each other. If there is any deflection, the blade is not cutting at 90 degrees. Size of the gap is twice the amount the blade is off the right route. Check the manual to make the required adjustments and make another test cut.
This is the best technique to check the accuracy of any miter saw as it makes small deflects look bigger that pushes you to make the changes instantly. Once you see an exact match of both the edges, it means the miter saw is in the accurate position.
4. Use Clamps
Make use of the saw clamps or the clamps provided with the saw table. It is difficult to make an accurate cut while holding the wood piece and operating the miter saw at the same time, which can also result in an injury. Clamp the wood on the side of the saw before you start making cuts. Clamping will stop any wood movement while you are working.
5. Let The Cutoffs Drop Freely
One of the simplest work is to cut off the end of a board. Short cut offs simply falls away, but the real problem is cutting long boards into the half. In such cases, you should hold one end but leave the other end to fall freely otherwise the blade will bind. The idea is to allow the cutoff end to drop slightly, but only up to an extent where it does not snap off before the cut is complete. One method is to use wood boards with similar length. You can also use a sacrificial board.
Set the saw depth ¼” more than the wood’s thickness. Hold or clamp the keeper’s slide and allow the cutoff side to fall freely.
6. Check The Angle Settings
A miter saw will only cut according to the angle settings. So, check the miter and bevel angles before you start any cutting work. For example, if you are trying to make a crosscut, make sure that the bevel and miter are at the zero marks. On the other hand, for a compound cut, you have to set the miter at 31.6 degrees and bevel 33.9 degrees.
7. Align the Blade To The Marked Area
Before you start working, make sure that the blade is aligned in the same line with the marked area. To check this, you just have to lower the blade until it touches the marked surface. One the process is complete, you can start the saw and gently lower down the blade on any workpiece to cut it as required. It is not necessary to apply extra force on the saw while it is going through the stock.
8. Use Miter Saw Stand:
You can use a proper miter saw stand for better cutting performance and make your job easier. There are various types of miter saw stands available in the market or you can make it yourself. However, you can have the portable miter saw stand easily searching online.
Most of the miter saw has a laser guide mechanism to help the operator match the precise line of cut. That is why we also recommend the same for better accuracy.