There are a number of useful accessories that you can get for your mitre saw. There is certainly no need to buy all of them, but some of them can be really useful, depending on the type of work, or projects that you are taking on, or plan to do.
In my opinion, there is no real need to go crazy and get these all at once. Like many things when it comes to buying tools, you tend to build up your collection over time. I have created a list of what I think are the most useful ones below:
- Coving/Cornice Jig
- Work Piece Clamps
The stands, jigs and clamps are really useful if you spend most of your time working alone, and need an extra pair of hands. They are also great time savers. Let’s have a look at each in turn, where I will give you a brief overview of what each can do for you. There is a link on each one if you would then like to read more details about that particular accessory.
There are a wide range of blades available for your saw. These include blades for standard wood cutting such as those used for ripping, cross cutting, mitre and bevel. Then there are multi-purpose blades which can be used for cutting different materials such as plastic and metals. In my opinion having the right blade on your saw is what will really make the difference.
Avoid at all costs the temptation to buy really cheap blades. Ideally you want a blade that cuts effectively and is still affordable. Find out about those by clicking on this informational blade link.
By adding a stand to your mitre saw, then this greatly increases the usefulness of your saw. These are ideal if you work with longer pieces of wood where it needs to be supported so as you can get it cut accurately.
By clamping your saw to the stand, you can then use the extending stand to support the wood, while you get on with the cutting process. If there was only one accessory that would want to have, then this would be top of my list.
Out of all the accessories that I have bought over time, this one has got the most regular use. There are of course any number of different styles to pick from. You can read all about mitre saw stands here.
These jigs are a great accessory to have if you do any type of work with crown moulding. They have been designed for using with mitre saws to make sure that you get the perfect angles, and also offer accurate and clean mitres.
Cutting coving or moulding that is shaped can be a confusing and difficult task and I have seen many cases of long lengths of coving being thrown out because of a misplaced cut. Find out about the benefits of using these jigs by clicking here.
Work Piece Clamps
They come in vertical and corner styles and if you are someone who would regularly be working with wood, you already know just how useful these can be. Click here to discover the range of wood clamps available.
If you are someone who takes a great deal of pride in delivering the “perfect” job, then you should give some serious consideration to getting yourself a protractor. These are fantastic for creating highly precise angles for making the perfect mitre joint.
When walls meet, in principle they should be at the perfect 90 degree angle. In reality though this will seldom be the case and they are usually out by a few degrees. One of these can measure that difference and you can then adjust your mitre angle to perfection.
Find out more about protractors here.
The accessories hat I have listed above are by far the most popular available. If you plan on doing a lot of work around the house, then these are worth the investment. For a professional or serious carpenter they are a necessity in my opinion.