Miter Saw / October 29, 2018 / Pernilla Lund.
Lube the blade pivot joint around once per year depending on frequency of use. Wipe saw blades clean after every use. Miter saws are a superior power tool to have on hand and their accuracy durability and portability render them nearly indispensable for many woodworkers. For framing molding and other carpentry applications miter saws are by most accounts the king of the wood-shop. Its hard to find the right amount and caliber of words to adequately describe Boschs new dual-bevel axial-glide miter saw. Because the thing is so far beyond awesome so far beyond any prior expectation of miter saw construction the saw stands to not only entirely innovate the way woodworkers work but the way power tools will be hereafter designed and manufactured. Truly the saw deserves a hats-off moment of silence. In fact it probably deserves a national holiday an Avenue with its name or at very least a few well-crafted paragraphs to lengthily accolade its ingenuity. To begin the Bosch GCM12SD dual-slide axial-glide miter saws patented axial-glide system is nothing short of revolutionary.
The saw must be mounted in this gap so that the top of the miter saw table is flush with the top of the saw table. The miter handle must be free to move its full travel in both directions left to right. Anticipate the need for this gap as you are framing the underside of your miter saw table because you will need to construct a shelf underneath to support the weight of the miter saw. You might want to make this shelf adjustable in micro increments so that you can get the top of the saw platform exactly flush to the top of the saw table. You can do this with lag screws with washers in sliding slots through the shelf sub-structure and into the table framing. Slightly loosen the lags and tap the table up or down with a rubber hammer before tightening the lags fully.
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.
The longer you can build it the better off it will be for you but any length of saw table is better than no table at all. My miter saw table measures 8 Feet to the left of the saw blade and another 8 feet to the right of the saw blade. This way I can support the full length of a sheet of plywood on either side. The saw table is constructed over 2 x 4 framing and contains multiple storage drawers below the table which I use to store small tools and supplies. If you prefer the space underneath the saw table can be left open for shelf space or lumber storage. I suggest that the top surface be 3/4" Melamine or Formica over 3/4" particle board.