The miter saw serves as one of the most useful tools of DIY enthusiasts as it slices through all forms of materials with its large sliding blade in a seamless manner. The fact that both its blade and base can be angled, stands out as one of the most significant benefits of miter saw making it easier to execute complicated cuts. When it comes to quick setup and supreme portability, only a very few tools can match up to the potential of miter saws. Although the machine seems pretty simple to use at first glance, you need to be well aware of its intricate techniques for learning the art of producing professional level cuts. Today, we are going to take a look at some such tips and tricks which can suffice different types of miter saws.
- Safety Parameter – You should have proper safety equipment handy while operating these power tools which can easily injure a person if he loses his concentration while slicing at high speed. This makes it imperative to carry headgear, gloves and earplugs while operating a miter saw.
- Maintenance – Improper maintenance can lead to safety concerns as the device becomes prone to malfunctioning in such cases. Things such as dull blades and broken parts can lead to life-threatening injuries. Thus, it is advisable to conduct routine maintenance by lubricating and replacing broken parts so that you can operate your machine without having to worry about impending injuries.
- Fine Tuning – Following every purchase of a new saw, you will be required to check its accuracy level since they might come out of adjustment while being shipped from its factory of construction. Regular usage might also cause the miter saw to come out of adjustment making it imperative to conduct regular checks. As a rule of thumb, you need to make sure that the fence is square to the blade while turning up this power tool and that the blade lies square to the table.
- Blade Replacement – Saw blades featuring more teeth can produce cleaner and crisper cuts while the ones with fewer teeth deliver rougher cuts. Blades having more teeth are thus tailor made to take on DIY furniture projects while the ones having lesser number of teeth can be perfect for projects where the look of the cut is not vital.
- Trimming of Ends – Every DIY addict will agree to the fact that wood coming from factories tag along some defects. For improving the quality of furniture, you wish to make, it is imperative to square out the board’s ends before deciding on the pieces’ length.
- Coming To A Halt – While using the miter saw, you should let the blade come to a halt before raising the same. You should lift the blade after lowering it a little while it is still running. In this way, the blade will cut both in down and upswing directions affecting the length of the cut you wished for initially. Thus, it is advisable to let the blade come to a full stop before raising the same if you wish to avoid unintentional changes in the board’s length.
- Repetitive Cuts – Projects like garden cabinet, outdoor coffee table, outdoor beverage table etc. require making a large number of repetitive cuts. But rather than measuring and cutting every single piece, you should measure the whole thing just once for setting up a stop. You can use a piece of scrap wood for clamping to your stand using a spring clamp. On being installed it will help you in sliding your workpiece and cutting wood pieces having the same desired length.
A miter saw can prove to be extremely dangerous when used without adequate concentration. You might be at increased risk of succumbing to terrible injuries if your thoughts wander off while using the device. Try to stay as much calm as possible while you are operating the saw.