Miter Saw / November 30, 2018 / Tina Abrahamsson
If you were making repetitive cuts and you needed to stop to use the saw momentarily for a different kind of cut you could resume your repetitive cutting immediately without losing any accuracy. PORTABLE MITER SAW TABLE FOR JOBSITE USE A jobsite miter saw table is usually made with the saw mounted to the extreme right end of the table. I have found that most miter saw manufacturers make their metal table surfaces so that they are 3 1/2" above the table on which the saw is resting. A very straight milled 4 x 4 (3 1/2" x 3 1/2") can be mounted onto the table top almost abutting the left side of the metal table of the saw. The 4 x 4 should extend out the full length of the supporting table to the left and be mounted to the supporting table.
If you do find that you have to cut a piece that is larger than six inches and all you have is a 10 inch miter saw you do have a couple of options. The first is that you can simply cut as far as you can and then flip the piece over the finish the cut. The downside is that not all angles can be cut this way. The other issue is that lining up the cuts can be a problem although a laser on your saw will make things a lot easier. Another option that you may want to consider if you have a piece that is a little bit too big for your 10 inch miter saw is to use a piece of wood to raise the cutting deck. This will allow you to get closer to the middle of the blade which will give you more distance. Not all saws have the motor mounted high enough off the deck to make this possible so you will have to check if this is an option with your saw. If you do use this method make sure that you attach the wood firmly to the deck so that it does not slide around while you are cutting. The above methods for making cuts larger than six inches with a 10 inch miter saw are stop gaps that you can use if it is something that only happens occasionally.
Make certain to turn the nut in the direction indicated on the saw as most are reverse threaded. While this area of your saw is open you should blow any lingering dust or debris. Dust will accumulate around the center of the blade which can effect the blades alignment and consequently the accuracy of its spin. You should also check the washer and mounting plate for security and for any dust or residual buildup. Simply use any standard scouring pad to remove rust or residue. General Tips: Miter Table Top: Its not only important to keep dust away from your blade its also crucial to keep dust off the miter saw table. Keeping the saw table surface clean keeps you safe and ensures a cleaner more precise cut. Its also good practice to not oil or lube the table top as you dont want any materials sliding or slipping during a cut. Essentially its important to keep the saw table surface clean but also to keep it slip free for the security of your materials and fingers. Miter Fence: A good fence is crucial for cutting accuracy.