A power miter saw is one of the best tools to cut tight-fitting joints on all kinds of moldings: window and door trim, baseboard and crowns. With a power miter saw and a sharp saw blade, it’s easy to fine-tune a joint for a perfect fit by slightly adjusting the angle or trimming off a hair’s width.
Looking for the right saw blade?
There are actually 7 types available, The most popular types are projection, bevel, base-ground, sidewinder, coping, panel and straight. Of all the types, framers use the most projection blade since it requires less blade travel. One other type is the bevel and base-ground. This style is useful for woodworking that requires a thin beveled cut, but because of its low accuracy, it is the least popular of the seven types.
V-ices make easy work of cutting baseboard trim. Things you need to demonstrate precision in cuts are precision saw blades. A positive about most of these blades is their accuracy in broad-cut cutting; all the cutting heads are larger than the tip. Therefore, it means that the blade slops in the direction of the parting bead. Cutting with a table saw, jig or planer is one way to achieve precision. But for cutting baseboards with a miter saw, a solid-blade miter will give more accurate results.
The best-known blade for cutting straight cuts is the miter. Baseboard trim and other cuts will fall flat-out at this stage without this blade.
Purpose cutting accommodates work usually performed in a warehouse. A reputable blade keeps the cutting repetitive work so that it goes faster. A straight blade is one that cuts a straight line across the material. It satisfied the products needs for accuracy. However, they need to be used accordingly depending on their layout and quantity.
Get an angle preset
Most blade restrictions for different types of joints are based on a rule of thumb: 90-degree and 45 degree angle cuts are best done with a 10- degree blade. Anything greater than 12- degrees is more likely to cause blade friction, blade wander, blade slippage, and wasted material.
* To make the right cut, hold the wood square to your miter saw. Place the blade to the mark and then adjust the blade to match the actual angle of the cut.
* Mark the cut with either a marker or pencil while the blade is warm; tap the blade for a clean cut, Once you set the blade in trim mode, the blade should cut the work piece smoothly. Your miter saw needs to be perpendicular to the board if you want clean cuts.
* Keep the blade rounded so if you want to change the direction in which the cut, you need to only move the cutting edge in the direction you want it to move.
* That being said, you should never cut parallel to the grain. Cutting through the grain may acoustic shock the wood, which damages the saw.
Finding an exact 45-degree angle
Many circular saws have a Setting corresponding to 45-degree angles. You will find four slots corresponding to the degrees. They are sometimes clamped to the saw miter box but occasionally loose or fall out. The miter angle usually squants in toward the small of the blade. For an accurate cut, you want to align the blade along the 45-degree angle, with the cutting edge at the 45-degree angle.
* To determine the degree, count the number of degrees along two lines along the blade. For example, if the degree on the left side of the blade is 9 and on the right side is 15, then the degree on the right side of the cutting edge is 9. The degree on the left side is 1.36. The degree on the right side is 1.9. Multiply these numbers together, to get the number of degrees.
* Buy a metric screwdriver and set it to the nearest degree to the miter angle that you are using. This isn’t necessary, but comes in handy for smaller saws, usually called “Pedants” or “Dovetail” saws.
Door frame elk-ram
There are elk-ram elks to accommodate different types of types of straight, mitered and squarried plywood or even 1 x 4 floor fixtures. This elk ram is normally carried as 3 or 4 pieces and requires a wide span of from 6 to 22 inches but is handy for smaller projects. It can be attached onto an elk-ram table that comes on most saws for a quick and easy assembly. Once the saw has been affixed, the blade should clear the cutting table on the side opposite the guide to provide a smooth blade for cutting.
Many circular saws are equipped with top beveling strength or angle to make the cutting process easier. If not, make sure the bevel is large enough to complete the job.
The circular saw should be placed up against a solid wall or underside a steel counter top.