If you need to make accurate cuts, you’ll find miter saws extremely handy. However, just like the rest of your tools, you need to know how to set up a miter saw before you can use it to its full potential.
With that, allow us to share with you some basic tips:
The first thing you need to do is to stage a test cut. To do that, you’ll need to stack two boards on top of each other. The edge of those pieces of plywood needs to be straight and clean when you line them up against the base fence.
Cut off about half an inch from the boards.
Place the boards on a flat surface. You can use your table saw top or the actual table of your miter saw. Position the cut ends in a way that they touch each other. If you see any gap, then your saw isn’t properly aligned.
Check your saw’s users manual and make the necessary adjustment. After making the adjustments, run the same test again. Repeat everything until you achieve perfectly symmetrical cuts without any gap.
To make sure you get the best results, know when to change your miter saw’s blade. If you’re not sure if you’re using your tool properly, it’s best to read its manual first or you can check out our quick guide on how to use a miter saw.