Miter Saw / October 29, 2018 / Fiore Calabrese.
Screw the fence to the table loosely so that it can be adjusted. Use the long straight edge on the miter saws table and on the front of the fence to align the fence perfectly and screw down tightly. Repeat for the other side of the table if there is one. For the left fence place a "right to left" reading stick-on measuring tape along the top of the fence. For the right fence place a "left to right" reading stick-on measuring tape along the top of that fence. Before sticking down the tapes must be aligned perfectly. The left tape is measuring the distance from the left side of the saw blade teeth and the right tape is measuring the distance from the right side of the saw blade teeth. With a simple wooden fence like this you can use wooden stop blocks clamped to the fence with C-clamps for repetitive cuts.
This also allows you to push the tool directly against a wall for use with literally zero clearance behind it and because the saw is insanely compact (weighing only 65 lbs) its simple to use in cramped low-space work-spaces and convenient to store and transport. In place of the sliding rail interface of former saws 12 sealed ball bearings make up the GCM12SDs new enclosed system one that maintains its integrity for essentially all-time providing the smoothest blade movement and vastly better control. Because this system is also enclosed its bearings and rollers wont accumulate jobsite debris thus ensuring it remains with a glide like nobodys business for its entire life-cycle. The thing also features a glide damper allowing you to adjust the saws resistance changing the "glide" mechanism as you see fit. Built with a totally transparent lower guard the saw additionally ensures youll have completely unimpaired visibility through each cut.
Some sort of saw stop comes in handy and greatly speeds production time for this sort of application. A saw stop must mount to something to hold it in place usually a fence. You can make your own fence out of a very straight piece of wood or metal or you can do as I did and purchase a commercially available moveable stop that slides along an aluminum track that includes a stick-on measuring tape. PERMANENT SAW TABLE FOR SHOP USE Since I buy lumber in lengths up to 14 feet long I decided to build a very long miter saw table in my woodworking shop. You may not have the physical space for this in your shop so you may have to reduce my measurements accordingly.
I quickly realized that the tool of choice would be a compound miter saw especially when tackling the crown moldings. I had suffered through a bookcase project a year earlier using a manual miter box and back saw to produce the crown molding trim on several built-in bookcases. There was no way I wanted to repeat that experience! My wife eager to see the remodeling project underway readily agreed to a new saw purchase. A Saw By Any Other Name Miter (or mitre) saws are designed to make angled cuts in wood stock by pulling a circular blade down in a plunging motion. This action gives the saws their nicknames of "drop saws" or "chop saws." A further refinement the compound miter saw can cut both an angle and a bevel simultaneously removing the need for a "work-and-turn" motion when making an angled cut that will smoothly join to another piece of trim or molding. The double action cut is possible because the motor is attached to a pivoting post which allows the blade to swing both side to side and at an angle to the workpiece.