Get the most out of that horrid miter gauge that came with your tablesaw

Get the most out of that horrid miter gauge that came with your tablesaw

Go to to get a 2-year plan at a huge discount plus 4 months free. It’s risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee!
Learn how to get started woodworking and set up shop for less than $1000. Download my FREE GUIDE ►

Those cheapie miter gauges that come with affordable table saws can leave much to be desired. In this video I’ll show you how you can still get great results with it.

Chad and Steve Have a Podcast: Where YouTubers Tell Their Stories►
The Woodworking Talk Show: Conversations with YouTube Woodworkers►

Sign up for my free monthly newsletter►



448 Ignacio Blvd. # 237
Novato CA 94949
Woodworking for Mere Mortals® is a registered trademark of ZRAM Media, LLC.
#woodworking #tablesaw #tips


  1. Paul Tudor on April 20, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Worst miter gauge is on the Bosch GTS 10 XC2 Just purchased it and it was the last item I unpacked and assembled. The slots are also 16mm industry standard is 19mm.
    I was quite happy with the Bosch until I unpacked the miter gauge. £605 wasted the table that comes with it is very strong and stable.

  2. wingerrrrrrrrr on April 20, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Seems so much easier cutting without the annoying blade guard in place.

  3. Becca Tran on April 20, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Thanks for this great video! I just got a table saw for an early Christmas present and I love learning all the different things I can do with it!

  4. Tom Full on April 20, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Thank you Steve for the best so far (watched 50+?..) concise, condensed, tutorial for safe! precise and easy cutting.
    Setting up a wood working shop in a shed here to renovate an old (1901) missionary house. Build with a timber log structure.
    Starting any day now.
    I saved your video as a “go back to”-reminder to keep me safe and accurate! My children appreciate me being cautious now at old age.

  5. Stephen Nadworny on April 20, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks for the great content Steve. I’m a hobbyist and appreciate your sensible approach to woodworking. Cheers from Canada!

  6. garyoa1 on April 20, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Squaring using the blade? Seriously?

  7. Michael Funke on April 20, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Wow, that table saw was over ten years ago. Time flies. Thanks for getting me started Steve!

  8. Buffalo Shark on April 20, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    My biggest complaint with the miter gauges on my less expensive tools is that the slot wasn’t the standard 3/4inch so I can’t upgrade to better ones

  9. tony hawkins on April 20, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Excellent, thank you so much.

  10. BIG G on April 20, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Crap miter gauges are not just on cheap saws. The sawstop gauges are pure rubbish and most people throw them away.

  11. Tim B on April 20, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Your channel is awesome, I love how you don’t talk down to the viewers. Keep up the great work!!

  12. Ashish M on April 20, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Excellent content! Thanks a bunch.

  13. Wesley Lardinois on April 20, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Holy crap this video was amazing. I have a cheap craftsman miter for my table saw and I did these upgrades and it just makes it so much better.

  14. JuliusJueLi on April 20, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    those tips are so valuable for beginners like me

  15. UWill NevahNo on April 20, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    5:44 If I take just 1 thing away from this video it’s THIS STATEMENT! I had this very bad idea as I begin down the path of working wood.

  16. Joschmoyo on April 20, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Lol, fourty year’s in the trade and I only used a mitre gauge once. Waste of time. Make a cradle with a pivoting fence. Much easier, way more accurate and safer.

  17. Michael D. Bauer on April 20, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Even though your videos have some length to them, they are always filled with good information and no dross. Thanks.

  18. Mitchel Gainey on April 20, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    I loved the phone, laptop, and desktop images. You rock like the Rock of Ages. Oh, and these were some insightful table saw
    tips for using the miter gauge. Thanks

  19. Moh Jamil on April 20, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    شكرا لك.لقد تعلمت منك الكثير

  20. Pedro Arellano on April 20, 2022 at 6:45 pm


  21. ilive4livemusic on April 20, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Love those modern devices you showed. And I didn’t realize you filmed at Bodega Bay.

  22. john meinhardt-jensen on April 20, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Thanks to your tips/pointers I know have a Mitre Gauge on my Saw Table that’s actually useful

  23. ihspan on April 20, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    Informative. Thanks!

  24. Larry Fulton on April 20, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Excellent, I learned something NEW use a scrap piece of wood between the Rip Fence and the blade,..I always did it the other way and yes…it IS dangerous!

  25. Kris De Lisle on April 20, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Thank you for the suggestions. We were cutting laminate and using the guide caused the pieces to bind, and occasionally kick and it actually cause me to be afraid of using the saw. Freehanding caused it to pinch. Wish I would have watched this earlier…

  26. Brian Belliveau on April 20, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Nice job Steve and happy birthday to Dad

  27. Najeeb Aslam on April 20, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    @5:43 😅

  28. Research and Build on April 20, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    4:19 just make sure the board you use is flat and non-twisted, too 😀

  29. VincentJ on April 20, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Those are some good tips.My table saw is super cheap.Its a Bluehawk table that I got from lowes when it was on sale for around 50 bucks. So my miter gauge moves around in the grove.So its not accurate. I am going to have to try that tape trick.

  30. How I Do Things DIY on April 20, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    I wish I would have watched this before I made my last video! My DeWAlt miter guage fits very sloppy so my case miter cuts I made were a little inconsistent.

  31. John Hanson on April 20, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Don’t forget to align the blade parallel with the miter slot when adjusting your miter gauge in this manner.

  32. Harold L Potts on April 20, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    3:48 " and not warped " – in reference to finding a piece of " scrap " for the mitre cross-fence. Good luck with that. It’s possible to ensure that any warp is artificially straightened out by adding a flange to the fence to form an L or angle-section. OR alternatively an I section [ two flanges and a connecting web ] would be even stiffer.

  33. Timothy Bess on April 20, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    5:16 – on stop blocks like this, I always nibble off the bottom inside corner (the part your workpiece is pressed against) to create a little sawdust pocket. That way, you’re not accumulating extra dust in between your workpiece and your stop block. Just clipping off maybe 1/8th of an inch at a 45 degree angle is enough to create that little void and doesn’t remove too much of the stop block as to make it impractical.

  34. Wayne Dollery on April 20, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    My Dad just gifted me a cheap tablesaw. I’ve not used one very much and these videos are full of really good instructions for a noobie table saw user.

  35. Bart Zuidgeest on April 20, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    An actual video instead of the horrible shorts. Sorry man don’t hate you, but the short format itself.

  36. Reaper Tutorials on April 20, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    You deserve 1 million views (at least) on every video you post. WWMM has truly inspired me to get into woodworking. Because you simply make it look fun. Then I get to try things and though they are tougher than you make them seem at first, they really make you learn and grow. Mate you are a legend.

  37. Renato Vargas on April 20, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Excellent video. I appreciate all the knowledge that you share with us beginners. Awesome!!

  38. James Barros on April 20, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    I used a rip fence as a guide on the wrong side, and didn’t need to go to the emergency room. Urgent care stitched me up just fine, and I’ve got a cool scar.

  39. Dfin glide on April 20, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    G/day Steve, thanks for all your vids. How quiet is your table saw, I can hardly hear it running. what brand is it?

  40. scoobiedew82 on April 20, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Excellent stuff Steve!!

  41. Running Panda on April 20, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Thank you so very much for all your time and effort!

  42. J Rami on April 20, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    I appreciate the Info. I recently bought a table saw and this should hold me over until I save enough for my miter saw. Thank you.

  43. Jay D on April 20, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    That ridgid miter gauge is actually dangerous. I love my ridgid table saw but the fatal flaw is the weakass knob that will eventually fail by popping off at the worst possible time causing your piece to rotate and kick back. It happened to me and I was lucky to not be injured.

  44. Peter Haas on April 20, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    This is the best table saw video I have seen. Great tips for using the miter gauge, but more importantly, it is an outstanding table saw SAFETY video. Love your work, Steve!

  45. Embrace The Suck on April 20, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    My rigid table had a passable one until the handle separated from the tightening pin. I remember cursing the design that wouldn’t hold tension while I welded up a beefy one directly to the pin.

  46. Niklas Asplund on April 20, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Really useful video with a lot of nice tips!

  47. Antonio Ramirez on April 20, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Thanks, for all.

  48. anandmg on April 20, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    This ad isnt as fun as microjig

  49. MICHAEL OWEN on April 20, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    I got the cheap table saw from idil and all my mitre gauge dose is jam up and never runs throw it smooth at all and it really messes up my cuts I would definitely stay away from the idil table saw it’s rubbish and the fence is just as bad

  50. bipedalbob on April 20, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Man that’s a quiet saw!