Miter Saw / November 8, 2018 / Albertina Davide
A fence can be attached to the back side of the 4 x 4. Use a 1 x 6 or 1 x 8 clear fir board for this purpose. As in the permanent table above the front of the fence must align perfectly with the miter saws metal fence. If a wider support surface is needed a second 4 x 4 can be mounted directly in front of the one with the fence attached to it. A Kreg Trak system with a flip-up stop can also be used on this portable miter saw table. Just make sure the wooden fence is ripped to the proper height to allow the flip-up stop to clear the table by 1/16". (Fence is 2 1/4" + above the top of the 4 x 4.) As for the support table I have used a plastic fold-up table from Costco. They come in various sizes to suit your particular need. Or you can make your own table out of 2 x 4s and 3/4" plywood. Design it so that the legs can fold up for transportation and storage.
For you to choose the right miter saw you have to know its features. Miter saws vary in brands designs and also its blades. The blade guard which is known as a safety blade. A laser guard which serves as a guide of the portion you are about to cut. The shaft lock which helps you in changing the blades of your miter saw. Then the dust bag basically collects the dust of your woodwork. The electric brake is the most important features of your miter saw. The electric brake is one of its safety features which automatically shut down the blade in case of emergency.
The saw does not feature the "soft-start" feature found on some-saws so it does jump a little on startup. I simply have to wait a second or two until the blade has spun up to its full 4600-rpm speed and then make my cut. This gives me a little extra time to consider the cut Im about to make remembering the old adage of "measure twice and cut once. Another feature I really like on this saw is the electric brake on the blade. These brakes immediately slow the blade when you release the trigger. If a blade does not have an electric brake it can spin for 10 seconds or longer which can represent a real hazard to you or to the stock youre removing from the fence. My venerable old table saw (also a Makita) came with the electric brake feature and has made me a real believer in this safety device. Miter saw blades come in a variety of materials. Less expensive blades are usually made of steel and are fine for quick jobs using soft woods such as pine but they will dull quickly if youre using hard woods like oak.