Miter Saw / November 22, 2018 / Sally Abrahamsson.
Think about a picture frame: the end of each piece of stock is cut at a 45-degree angle but the cut is also made at a bevel from front to back so the matching face is hidden and the joint is neat. Determining What You Need Its important to consider the types of jobs youll be doing when choosing a miter saw. A larger blade can of course handle larger stock. I knew that for the most part I would be working on projects like crown molding picture frames and baseboard trim so a 10-inch blade would be large enough for my purposes. I researched a number of miter saws and ended up choosing the Makita LS1040. This model is very light for a mid-sized miter saw weighing only about 24 pounds. One reason the saw is so light is that the base and side rails are machined from aluminum which gives it light weight but also means that the saw will be durable. Because were remodeling the house we live in I knew that my wife would expect the tools to be taken back to the workshop behind our house after each work session. Thus the lightweight Makita really filled the bill.
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.
Before mounting the fence or fences to the miter saw table top draw a pencil or chalk line where the front of the fence is to be positioned. Take a long straightedge lay it flat on the miter saws metal table and push one edge of it long the miter saws metal fence. Keeping it in this position draw a pencil line along the table top out as far as possible. Repeat on the opposite side of the saw if you have tables on both sides of the saw. Extend this pencil line as far as possible. Place the fence along the pencil line with the end of the wooden fence almost touching the end of miter saws metal fence. (Leave a 1/16" gap between the wooden fence and the metal fence.) Drill appropriately sized holes for the lag screws through the table top and into the 2x4 joist underneath the table top (one for each slot).
Weighing only 24.2 lbs an extremely low and terribly convenient weight for such a powerful and functional tool is extremely easy to move about your home or shop. It can also be easily transported from one job or project to another. This saw provides a welcome and down-sized alternative to the bigger super heavy-duty miter saws of the industry while still offering big power and compound cutting operations. Its 10" capacity is big enough to tackle most heavy applications and its Makita motor is just as powerful as many of the industrys bigger saws. Ultimately this little sucker has a bit more punch than you might expect but rarely does one complain of having a surplus of power and charm as this tool certainly does.