Power Miter Saw, Hand Miter Saw, or Jig Saw?

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Looking to build a utility/storage shelf in the unfinished area of my basement. Considered dropping the $170 to get the metal unit from Home Depot (in the U.S.), but thought that now that we have a home, it'd be fun to build one on my own. I already have the design sketched out and have figured out how much material I need, but now I'm stuck with this question: what sort of saw should I invest in to cut the 2x4s (I plan on either purchasing the plywood pre-cut or else having it cut to spec at HD)?

Originally, I considered purchasing an inexpensive power miter saw, but then wasn't sure if I'd use it again (i.e. I don't have any plans for doing work with crown molding in the future, and the only possible work we'll be doing to internal finishes in the future will be to create some decorative framing squares below the chair rail in our dining room...something using stock that a hand saw would have no troubles handling) and also wasn't thrilled about the space I'd have to find...

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A power miter saw is one of the best tools to cut tight-fitting joints on all kinds of moldings: window and door trim, baseboard and crowns. With a power miter saw and a sharp saw blade, it's easy to fine-tune a joint for a perfect fit by slightly adjusting the angle or trimming off a hair's width.

Be prepared for a startling experience the first time you squeeze the switch on a power miter saw. The saw will jerk and whine as the blade gets up to speed. Listen for the blade to reach top speed before starting your cut. Then lower the blade slowly and steadily through the board until the cut is complete. Hold the saw carriage down in this position and release the switch, allowing the blade to come to a complete stop before raising it. Maintain a firm grip on the workpiece until the blade stops spinning.

Aligning the blade with the cutting mark on your workpiece gets easier with practice. Photo 1 shows how. Cut a little beyond the line, leaving extra length on your...

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Over the years I have mitered thousands of small moldings around boxes, newel posts and cabinet doors. Having used every power saw available for this task, for these small moldings nothing is as fast and easy as an old fashioned miter saw.

Two things create a seamless miter joint; an accurate 90 degree angle and accurate length. A good quality miter box has 45 degree presets that give excellent results, and they tend to stay accurate over time since it requires little force to swing from left to right. And since this saw is hand powered, you can safely hold parts right up close to the blade without risking dire injury. This makes it very easy to exactly position your stock for accurate cutting. The fine toothed blades on miter saws also virtually eliminate splintering at the cut even with complex detail. This provides a better quality joint, less waste, and a lot less filling or sanding.

Another trick to sharp clean miters is to match your cuts. If one half of...

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Select the type and size miter saw you will need.

These

saws

come with a variety of functions and in several sizes, so choose one that will meet your needs. Here are a few differences in these machines:

Size. This is determined by the blade diameter, and normally varies between 8 and 12 inches. The diameter of the saw's blade will determine how wide and thick the material you are cutting can be. Action. There are three types of power miter saw: Standard miter saw: The basic, standard miter saw will make a perpendicular cut through a board or other material at angles typically ranging from 45 degrees left (counterclockwise) to 45 degrees right (clockwise). An angle scale and locking device keep the blade correctly aligned. Compound miter saw: Adds the ability to tilt the blade at a specified angle from vertical, to cut a compound angle. Sliding miter saw: The saw slides along a horizontal arm, similar to a radial arm saw. It can be pushed through the material...
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Updated March 02, 2016.

How a Power Miter Saw Is Used:

Power miter saws allow you to make 90-degree crosscuts or angled cuts by pulling a motorized circular blade down onto a piece of wood in a plunging action. These versatile saws are great for a wide variety of jobs, such as cutting two-by-fours or window trim. They are not good for ripping lumber or cutting wide stock.

Variations:

Basic power miter saw:

Basic power miter saws adjust to make miter (or angled) cuts. These are useful for projects such as trimming studs to frame a house, where only simple cuts of 90 degrees or less are required, but when you want the speed of a power saw instead of a manual saw and miter box. Some may feature stops on their miter index — the listing of angles on the base of the saw — that can be set to the most commonly needed angles.

Compound power miter saw:

Compound power miter saws can adjust for both miter and bevel cuts, giving them a leg up on basic...

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Standard saw blades (100 mm) can be used up to a thickness of 20mm for 90° cuts and 15 mm for mitre cuts. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. I needed to make some cove molding for a Greene ad Greene blanket chest I am building for my wife. Finding larger cove moulding at big box hardware store is impossible, and even if they did have it, the cost would be prohibitive.

November 4, 2014 By William Leave a Comment Majority of woodworking projects require a dado blade to complete. Before you start with any woodworking project, you should set everything up, check working table, and double-check your table saw alignment.

October 29, 2014 By William Leave a Comment Setting up and tuning up a table saw are the first steps to getting it working correctly. Some people use rulers and screws to align their saws, others use high precision measuring tools such as dial indicators.

When setting up the table saw...

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A power miter saw, also known as a drop saw, is a power tool used to make a quick, accurate crosscut in a workpiece at a selected angle. Common uses include framing operations and the cutting of molding. Most miter saws are relatively small and portable, with common blade sizes ranging from eight to twelve inches.

The miter saw makes cuts by pulling a spinning circular saw blade down onto a workpiece in a short, controlled motion. The workpiece is typically held against a fence, which provides a precise cutting angle between the plane of the blade and the plane of the longest workpiece edge. In standard position, this angle is fixed at 90°.

A primary distinguishing feature of the miter saw is the miter index that allows the angle of the blade to be changed relative to the fence.[1] While most miter saws enable precise one-degree incremental changes to the miter index, many also provide "stops" that allow the miter index to be quickly set to common angles (such as 15°,...

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Miter saw gauges confuse a lot of finish carpenters for one simple reason—they aren’t designed for finish carpentry, they’re designed for framing and stairs. Let me show you what I mean.

When a framer builds a roof, they first establish the PITCH of the roof—4/12 or 6/12. That pitch is the angle the rafters follow. All of the cuts made to that rafter—the ridge cut, the plumb cut, and the birdsmouth are all measured off the BACK of the rafter—off 90 degrees to the angle of the roof.

(Note: Click any image to enlarge.)

That’s why most miter saw gauges are set up off 90 degrees to the back of the fence! In fact, some miter saws even include roof pitch angles on the miter saw gauge.

But those angles just confuse finish carpenters. Finish carpenters are always bisecting corner angles—which is easy to do with a protractor.

A 135 degrees angle looks like this:

A 135 degree angle is an OBTUSE angle. The miter for this corner is 67...

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There isn’t a tool in the workshop that is as versatile as a halfway decent miter saw – let alone the best miter saw money can buy!

Capable of making almost every single cut imaginable (and then some), the right miter saw – or chop saw – is going to completely transform your ability to work with wood and cut (and construct) more efficiently.

With the power miter saw in your workplace, you’re going to be able to turn out project after project a lot faster and with a lot more precision than you would have been able to before. This is exactly the kind of upgrade that you’re going to want to make to your collection of tools ASAP!

In order to select the best one, you’re going to need good information. That’s what out comprehensive, fact-based reviews will give you. The chart below is a great place to get started comparing makes and models right now!

When it comes to power tools, few names in the industry have the same kind of the legendary reputation that...

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A miter saw (mitre in British English) is a saw used to make accurate crosscuts and miters in a workpiece.

Power miter saw[edit]

A power miter saw, also known as a drop saw, is a power tool used to make a quick, accurate crosscut in a workpiece at a selected angle. Common uses include framing operations and the cutting of molding. Most miter saws are relatively small and portable, with common blade sizes ranging from eight to twelve inches.

The miter saw makes cuts by pulling a spinning circular saw blade down onto a workpiece in a short, controlled motion. The workpiece is typically held against a fence, which provides a precise cutting angle between the plane of the blade and the plane of the longest workpiece edge. In standard position, this angle is fixed at 90°.

A primary distinguishing feature of the miter saw is the miter index that allows the angle of the blade to be changed relative to the fence.[1] While most miter saws enable precise...

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Its a fine framing saw. Makes...

Its a fine framing saw. Makes good accurate miter cuts. It's really lightweight so you have to clamp it to a table or else it shudders during use. The clamp that came with the saw is useless. I used it for a while and it would slip in the middle of the cut causing uneven cuts and wasted moulding. I tossed it and now use an Irwin Handi Clamp. I didn't find the extra parts that came with the saw that make it a Pro kit of any use. But that's because the frames I am making are to long 32". The seem like they'd be useful for short frames. However, for the price, overall, I'm happy enough with the saw. I use it. It works. It's small and easy to...

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In the final step of these free woodworking plans, we'll build a pair of stock supports to hold the stock at the proper height when it is being cut.

To begin, cut two lengths of treated 2x4 to 16" in length and two more at 12". Set these pieces aside for the moment.

Measure the height from the top of the melamine table to the base of the miter saw's table. On most saws, this height should be somewhere between three and four inches.

Add the thickness of the melamine table top to this distance and you'll have the final height needed for each stock support.

Next, subtract this distance from the width of two 2x4s (which should be seven inches). To verify, place the edge of one of the 16" pieces against the edge of one of the 12" pieces and measure the combined width.

Subtract the height needed for each stock support from the width of the two 2x4s and divide this result in half. This is the depth that you'll need to make on some half-lap joints to...

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Whether you are ripping down your own planks from fallen trees or cutting dovetails to assemble a delicate jewelry box, grab the wrong saw and you’re in for a heap of trouble. Selecting the right saw is a matter of knowing the job at hand, anticipating the grain of the wood and understanding what attributes make a good saw. The lists below will help you choose the proper saw for the job, but one major aspect requires a little explanation.

Will you be making cuts with the grain or across? A rip saw is used for cuts made with the grain and named for the process of ripping down boards. Crosscut saws are the opposite and their teeth are optimized for cutting against the grain. The difference is all in the teeth and using the right one will make the job easier, more accurate and help to make a smoother cut.

Beyond this, most saws are named for their intended task and are easy to distinguish. A pruning saw is meant for pruning while the wallboard saw isn’t useful for much...

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