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  • Tips for Mastering the Miter Saw

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 9, 2009
    Tips for Mastering the Miter Saw 14 Ways to Make Safe, Accurate Cuts with No Tear-Out by Tom Caspar At first glance, using a miter saw appears quite simple. But to get good results—that’s another story! Here are a handful of techniques and...
  • Corner Clamps for Better Miters

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 22, 2010
    This shop-made miter clamp has many of the same advantages as the expensive metal ones. It’s strong, easy to use,holds project parts both square and flat and allows you to adjust one part at a time.The slot in the bottom lets you examine the back...
  • AW Extra 5/17/12 - Is Your Miter Saw Square?

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, June 29, 2008
    Question & Answer Is your miter saw square? Q. I want to adjust my miter saw so it’s dead-on accurate, but I don’t have a fancy square. How do I do it? A. Use an old woodworker’s trick: set up your saw as close as you can with whatever...
  • AW Extra 5/30/13 - A Bead in any Board

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, May 28, 2013
    A Bead in any Board Click any image to view a larger version. I wanted an antique beadboard look for my cabinet doors, but stock beadboard didn’t work out with my door size. Here’s what I came up with: I glued up a solid door and cut 3/16...
  • Q & A: Lock Miter Joint

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, June 12, 2013
    Q & A: Lock Miter Joint Q: How do you set up a lock miter bit? A: There are two critical adjustments (Fig. A). First, you set the bit’s height; second, you position the fence. Once that’s done, you can rout both sides of a lock miter joint...
  • AW Extra 12/5/13 - Double-Duty Roller Tables

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, December 2, 2013
    Double-Duty Roller Tables I like getting double duty out of my tools whenever possible. So, when I decided to build outfeed tables for my miter saw and tablesaw, I worked up this dual-use design.The roller tables are simple to switch between machines...
  • AW Extra 4/24/14 - Lightweight Extension Wings

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, April 21, 2014
    Lightweight Extension Wings Extension wings on the miter saw make cutting long stock a breeze. My shop-made wings install and knock down in seconds and they’re as light as feathers. My secret? The wings are made from a hollow-core door. After ripping...
  • Pull Saw Miter Box

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, April 23, 2013
    Pull Saw Miter Box Short lengths of molding can be awkward—and sometimes dangerous—to cut with power tools. I’d rather cut them by hand, using a Japanese pull saw and a shop-made miter box. Make the two guide blocks for the miter box...