Truckin' Bob

08:51PM | 11/29/03
Member Since: 11/24/03
4 lifetime posts
On the recommendations of folks on this site I have purchased a compound mitre saw as my first power saw. It is on the way from an online co.
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.
Truckin' Bob


03:43PM | 12/09/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1248 lifetime posts
Hey there Bob, welcome back and congrats on your purchase! Heck, you probably have it by now!

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!



02:51AM | 12/16/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
If you have a home depot near you they run alot of different free classes check with them and see.


12:31PM | 12/16/03
Member Since: 04/10/03
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03:50AM | 12/17/03
Member Since: 07/02/03
30 lifetime posts
Hearing protection as well!

Truckin' Bob

08:17PM | 12/17/03
Member Since: 11/24/03
4 lifetime posts
Thanks for taking the time to respond!! I do have my saw and am trying it out on a dog house I'm making that I will fill with a puppy for my wife's birthday. Don't tell her, it's a secret. Anyway, so far all is going well. I'm using eye protection and watching out for all ten fingers. And yes, hearing protection is next. Thanks again.


01:31PM | 01/26/04
Member Since: 01/25/04
2 lifetime posts
Measure twice, cut once. And then get another piece of wood...good luck,,


06:24PM | 01/27/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
H ome Depot has some classes on this.
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