How To Use Your Mitre Saw at Home 

By  The Saw Guy

Hopefully you understand what a mitre saw can actually do for you. However, if you are a little uncertain, or someone who likes the detail, then check out this page on mitre cuts and joints so as you can understand what mitre cuts and bevel cuts actually are.

By owning your own saw, you now have the capability of being able to do a huge number of tasks. In woodworking, a mitre joint is classed as one of the basic joints, and is used in many work flows such as framing, or types of internal facing and external facing work.

Rather than always having to use basic butt end joints, you can now make neat mitre joints. Likewise, if you have bought a compound mitre, then you also open up a whole new range of cutting known as bevels. Let's have a look at the basics of using one of these machines.

General Operation of a Mitre Saw

If you are someone who will be doing either Home Improvement of Home Repair tasks, then this saw is ideal for just that purpose. For those of us who are into working a lot with wood then this makes a great addition to a table saw or a band saw and helps complete out workshop.

A mitre saw is really useful for cutting wood, conduit, plastic pipes, plastic guttering and believe me you will find many other uses for this. There are some great useful DIY tasks and bigger projects that you can take on. We will list a few of these below.

Using a Mitre Saw for Skirting Boards

This is probably one of the most popular home improvement tasks. This is especially true if you are replacing old skirtings, or want to have a different style of skirting, or even a different size.

My one tip here would be that if you are going to be doing a lot of skirting, then you should also get a mitre stand.

These boards can be quite long and they need to be supported. If you have someone to hold them for you that is great, but if not you would really need to have a stand. If you would like to find out more on how to do skirting with your saw, then on the link below.

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Using a Mitre Saw for Crown Mouldings

Along with skirting boards, then doing coving on ceilings is one task where a mitre saw really comes into its own.

If you have ever tried to fit these, then you know how tricky that can be.

However, with a few tips and tricks, I can help show how to make that task a great deal easier.

Again, having a coving or cornice jig makes this even easier, but not absolutely necessary.

coving jigs

Working Safely with a Mitre Saw

Power tools are not something that you ever want to mess around with. Power saws in particular, can within seconds, cause serious damage and they need to be treated with care. A sharp blade spinning at 4000 rpm will take care of most things placed under it.

Using a mitre saw will help you make a whole range of joints. Always remember though that these power saws do have fast spinning blades, and you do need to exercise a lot of care. If you have the saw secured to either a bench or on a mitre saw stand, then that is a great start.

When doing the actual cuts, just make sure you have good lighting, and that your work space is clear. Measure twice and cut once and that will help avoid mistakes.

The Saw Guy

We review the different types of powers saws on the UK market. We do a lot of research to make sure we bring you the very latest information and reviews on the full range of mitre, circular, chop, reciprocating and jigsaws.

Enda McLarnon

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