Miter Saw / November 13, 2018 / OdeletteGervais.
Miter saws can be used in a woodworking shop as a permanently installed tool or on the jobsite as a portable or semi-portable unit. I will discuss the construction of miter saw tables appropriate to both types of installations. The purpose of a miter saw table is two-fold: (1) to elevate the saw to a comfortable working height for the operator and (2) to provide a surface to the left and/or right of the saw for the extension of the fence and to provide support for long materials while being cut. If you have ever tried to cut a 45-degree miter at one end of a 2 x 6 x 12 you know why a miter saw table or roller stand is absolutely required. Very often miter saws are used to make repetitive cuts of the same length.
For starters a sliding compound miter saw is designed with two rail-like tubes that allow the blade to move back and forth in a larger range of motion. This grows crosscutting capacity by a few inches and allows users to through-cut wider boards (usually with one easy pass). Because of these tubes though sliding compound miters saws are typically heavier they are less portable and theyre more expensive. With the exception of some Bosch and Makita saws that utilize a kind of articulating arm in lieu of sliding-tubes sliding compound miters also require more room (especially at the rear of the saw) to work properly.
Exclusive to Bosch this feature provides maximum working space without the use of a bulky table. Lastly Bosch has stuffed this mighty miter with a gorgeous 15amp motor with 3 max horsepower and a resounding 3800 rpm. In the end this lion-hearted space-craft of a miter saw has a surplus of authority a surplus of power and truly superior innovation and certainly the good-looks to complete the package with a perfect glistening cherry on top. The saw is for lack of a better term flabbergasting and performs with something like ethereal precision and perfect simplicity. Woodworking and carpentry is an art. Just like other arts the woodworker and carpenter need to have precision. For instance a miter joint should be perfectly done. Otherwise pieces of molding would not fit in at a right angle. In the old days miters are made using a manual miter saw. Cutting an accurately-made miter out of wood may take some time though.
This is incredible handy and especially helpful when cutting molding. Miter saws are available with one one bevel (single bevel blade tilts to the left) and two bevels (dual or double bevel blade tilts to the left and right). In order to make a bevel cut in the opposite direction single bevel saws require that stock be flipped end for end (which can be a pain). Double bevel saws on the other end offer simple bevels to both the left and right. While double bevel miter saws are more expensive the price difference (about $50 - $100) is almost negligible if you use the feature.