Miter Saw / November 30, 2018 / Tina Abrahamsson
And time is of the essence in woodworking and carpentry. There are times when you just need to finish a piece in a hurry. To make your woodworking or carpentry job faster you may need to get a power miter saw. Essential Uses of a Power Miter Saw: Also known as a chop saw or a drop saw the miter saw is every craftsman and carpenters best friend. It does not only help in making miter joints faster but it can also be used in other applications. Framing is one of the fastest building techniques. To facilitate framing construction carpenters need the right tools. One of the essential tools that carpenters will have is the power miter saw. In framing construction lots of frames are needed to be made in a short span of time. A miter saw does not only help in cutting frames at a fast rate but it also ensures that the frames are accurately cut. Molding is another essential construction material.
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.
With the exception of Bosch miter saws whose bevel controls are conveniently up-front most saws bevel controls are placed at the back of the saw. While this is typical and more-or-less intentional it has proved less ergonomic than up-front access. Extension Wings: To increase cutting capacities some saws are also built with slide-out extension wings to support larger boards. While in theory this is a great feature unless you invest in a more expensive tool these wings are often not all theyre cracked up to be. Conversely on a more high-quality saw theyre a definitely a convenient extra.