What Does A Miter Saw Do?
Last Updated on July 25, 2021
A miter saw is no doubt one of the essential tools of a woodworker and one you will find in every woodworking workshop. As a stationary saw, a miter saw differs widely from a circular saw.
It is put on a bench, and the wood is passed into it and cut into different sizes in the most delicate way possible. Asides from being a vital tool to a woodworker, the miter saw can serve many uses, many of which are not known.
As such, in this article, we shall be looking at the major as well as other minor applications of miter saws in a bit to show you why you need and should have one in your wood shop.
The 3 Major Uses of Miter Saws
- For Regular Crosscuts
The miter saw is not the only saw that could be used for cutting, but if for any reason you have to cut a board or plain into two equal halves, then miter saws are the best tool to be used.
This is because, among several reasons, miter saws are very stable and sturdy, unlike other saws. So in a case where the board seems very difficult to cut through, the relative strength and stationary nature of the miter saw can help cut through the wood in the easiest way possible.
Also, miter saws are very easy to line up along the cut line. Also, miter saws are known to come with specific laser guides that give users an insight as to where the cut is to be made, making it easy for you to move the handle up and down.
When making regular crosscuts, a sliding miter saw can also be used to cut more full boards easily and adequately.
- For Angle Cuts
As a woodworker, many refer to angle cuts as miter cuts. Angled cuts are effected on boards or plains by turning the board around the saw from one side of the board to the other. The blade size and length of the cut is what many times determines angled cuts that can be made on boards using miter saws.
Angled cuts are necessary when as a woodworker, you have projects on furniture that makes use of right angles strictly. To do this with ease and accuracy, you would need to make use of the miter saw above every other saw that might be available in the wood workshop. Also, angled cuts can be necessary when the woodworker has to carry out trim work. This happens when a house is being refurbished or basement finalized.
- To Carry Out Compound Angle Cuts
The more complicated woodworking is, the more the need for miter saws arises. One of these complications is bevel and compound cuts. This kind of cut is a bit complicated unlike other cuts because it requires that the saw is moved from the left of the board or wood to the right occasionally. In doing this, you as the woodworker would have to then angle the paths of the saw cut as it moves. The sliding miter saw, makes bevel and compound angle cut seem very easy to do and accurately delivered.
Other Uses of Miter Saws in a Wood Shop
The uses of miter saws are not limited to its three critical applications, even though those are what sets it apart from other types of saws used for many different purposes. Many woodworking activities might also require the need, and use of the miter saw, and these activities among others include:
- It can be used to carry out repeated cuts of the same length easily, quickly and accurately.
- It is easily integrated into a custom workstation making it easy for woodworking activities to be carried out with it.
- A sliding miter saw makes it easy for you to cut through wider furniture pieces without having to flip it over and over again.
It is not enough for you as a woodworker to have a miter saw in your wood shop, and it is imperative to know what purposes it can be used for and use it for such purposes. Of the many types of saws available for woodwork, miter saws are no doubt the most versatile in use and functionality.