The only factor that we don’t like with our product is to get unequal cuts. It is known that a little measurement adjustment can lead to big changes. We already have the tools that we need, but sometimes we still manage to get unequal cuts with them.
There are proper procedures and precautions that you need to watch out for when you are cutting with a Miter Saw. You don’t want to get your hands in the way because it could lead to some serious injury that we wouldn’t occur. As a result, we would want a clean cut out of it and be as accurate as possible. Accuracy is a Policy
1. Clamp Your Pieces
You have to ensure that the wood is stable by clamping them altogether. It allows you to use your free hand to guide along the cutting process. Make a straight-ahead follow through to achieve a clean cut.
2. Replace A Dull Blade
- It is also applicable in the kitchen, no matter how good of a chef you are, your chops will never be fine as long as you have a dull knife. As a result, you will see a choppy cut from the wood, and it would be displeasing to the eye; especially for furniture.
- If you want to know if you have a dull blade, it has chipped or teeth around it. Another indicator will be if you have to exert more effort through your follow through. A sharp blade would guide you to the wood effortlessly.
3. Wait Until the Blade Halts
Beside from it being dangerous when you lift up the miter saw while still spinning, it will ensure you that the cut is through and finish. The blade could spit away some splinters if you didn’t allow it to finish spinning.
4. Stop Blocks
If you are going to saw multiple small pieces from a big board, place one end of the workpiece against the block. Doing it makes sure that your pieces will all be the same. You can repeat the process for the next workpiece if applicable.
5. Extend The Guide
If you have a workpiece that is very long, you can extend your support so that the wood doesn’t rattle all along. Just mark some “no-hands” zone for safety and accuracy. If you want to, you may use roller stands as well. There are some miter-saws that are equipped with extendable supports.
- Mark Danger Zones – To avoid losing a finger, or worse your hands, set a boundary that is 7-inches to 10-inches away from the blade. You may also set more distance if the blade’s circumference is bigger.
- Clamp the Smaller Pieces – Smaller cuts can just suddenly fly out after the cut. The best advice I could give is to use, spring clamps or C-clamps to pin down the wood and avoid hitting anything else.
- Keep Your Hands Away from The Blade – If it’s possible and unnecessary for you to hold some wood pieces with your hands, please do so. It is the reason why that you have to some block on the workplace, for minimal hands-on guidance,
- Make It A Habit to Tighten The Blade – we wouldn’t want the blade flying around now do we? Always make sure that the blade is secure to the saw at all times. It could lead to serious injuries just because of a simple protocol.
With a little knowledge and patience with your workpieces, you can execute an accurate and clean cut to the wood. You have just been provided with simple tips to achieve a better cut. Remember to practice safety in your workplace.