Learning my new mitre saw
My question is what is the best way to learn the ins & outs of my new saw? A class would be great, a book would be alright, a cdrom would even work.
I live in the east bay in No. California if anyone knows of a class nearby.
Thanks everybody for any help to the fixit rookie I am.
Fortunately, these saws aren't all that difficult to use. I bet the owner's manual has some good info. And of course WATCH YOUR FINGERS!
One thing I've found really helpful with my compound miter saw is having a heavy duty stand (on wheels) and some attaching stands to hold the work (to left and right) at the proper height. Just so it's not sliding all over the place...and it also helps with accuracy--as it helps keep the work set properly in the saw.
I also find I don't use the "compound" feature much. 99% of the time I just crosscut at 90 degrees. This is simple and quick.
With the "compound" feature, it's surprisingly easy to cut the WRONG WAY and end up ruining your piece. I mean, have the angle figured out exactly in your head--and end up with useless work. It can be frustrating...but definitely plan your cuts carefully if you're doing compound work.
And as I said on your previous post, be careful with cutting crown molding on that thing. You may end up having to cut it with a coping saw to fit the molding's profile.
And I certainly never discourage taking classes, reading books, etc. Always a good idea. I use my local library. They have videos, etc.
Good luck and enjoy that saw!