Whether it’s for your home DIY project, or your professional contractor workpiece, you want to be able to utilize a tool that can help you make precision cuts, and sometimes you need to be able to do things such as bevel your cuts (like baseboards, custom fitting pieces, etc.). Because of this you’ll want to use a compound miter saw from this official miter saw site, but how do you use it? There are many tips and tricks but, in this guide, we’ll just discuss the basics on how to use a compound miter saw.
Mark Your Board
First you want to mark your board, so you know where to line up the blade for your cut. You want the mark to be on the side that you will be putting towards the back (or you can draw a line straight across).
Get the Grip Set
Align your cut by moving the guard and lower your blade onto the board itself with the power off and your hand off the trigger power switch to maintain safety, but use the blade to line up your cut and get your board grip properly set.
Set the Angle if You need to Miter
You want to adjust the angle of your blade and make sure that you have a tight fit. You can easily adjust it and fine tune it so that you have the tightest fit possible.
Remember that saw blades cut a little bit wider than the actual width of the blade.
Always Cut on the longest piece if you need a short piece cut
This is important, because you want to keep your fingers away from the blade as much as possible. If you ever need anything less than 4 inches, you can literally have a terrible accident happen (in wood shop you may have heard two inches, but this is no longer the standard). Use a longer piece of wood if you have to in order to keep the short board in place.
Squeeze the Trigger
Make sure your compound miter saw is at full RPM’s before you even attempt a cut. This will make your cut cleaner and minimize the chance of you getting a kickback from your piece of wood, as well as helps make the blade last longer.
Lower the Handle
Lower the handle down on your marked piece of wood, then while still maintaining full power, lower the blade smoothly (don’t slam the saw blade down, but don’t be too afraid of it). If you have to fight with your saw, you’re either pushing the saw too hard or not hard enough (which can cause burnt edges of wood and can ruin your blade if it gets too hot).
The best practice is that you want to use safety and preparation so that you can get the ultimate perfect cut with your compound miter saw. When it comes to miter saws, they are just like any other power tool. If you’re fighting with your power tool, then you’re using it wrong.