What Can You Do With a Miter Saw? Should You Get One? | WOODWORKING BASICS

What Can You Do With a Miter Saw? Should You Get One? | WOODWORKING BASICS

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50 Comments

  1. gary brooks on May 12, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks for the advice

  2. Peter Fitzpatrick on May 12, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Hey Steve …. I just last week bought an Evolution 10" double bevel sliding mitre saw (80 x 300 cutting) & I LOVE it…and it was very inexpensive too… €266 …

    From the Emerald Isle
    😎👍☘🍺

  3. Robert Viani on May 12, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    5:27 LOL

  4. Ray Poirier on May 12, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Exactly the information I was looking for, thank you!

  5. U.SonomaBeach on May 12, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    My neighbor was remodeling the house before moving in and would sometimes hire friends for little jobs around the place. One day I walked over and he was gone but one of his buddies was there doing some repairs. At one point, after talking for a bit, we headed into the house where he went to make some sort of cut with the mitre saw on a small block of walnut that he had for a personal project of his. I was horrified to see him, instead of having the block up against the fence he held it in one hand well above the table and just under the blade so he could use his other hand and pull it down into the piece of wood he was holding….I asked him if he was sure that was the best way to make the cut and while still having the trigger pressed in and the arm still pulled down with the blade rotating inches from his hand he looked away from the saw to answer me. I turned around and left after telling him again that that was so stupid. Im not sure if he still has his fingers or arm because I got outta dodge. Oh, and he removed the ‘annoying’ guard because he told me he actually cuts better and its safer for him without it. I can’t remember what I said because I think I just about passed out when he told me that. Anyone who is new to the mitre saw I would suggest, Don’t be that guy….

  6. this is a social experiment on May 12, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    I thought I was the only one that placed his foot on top of the table for better grip.

  7. Nameless on May 12, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    🧠 Also consider: Sliding allows you to cut from the side rather than plunging through… Smaller cutting surface on the same board =easier & less wear.

  8. boofuls on May 12, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Can you get a left handed chop saw 🤔 another great video

  9. luis fernando on May 12, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks for this I was wonder I can you do multiple cuts about a meter long and you short out.. Thanks

  10. Cobyz Galaxy on May 12, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Feel like I’m back in shop class…. thanks for the lessons

  11. Alberto Moroy on May 12, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    I found the sliding mitre saw option quite useful for wide framing timber such as 240 an 290mm wide, as well as sleepers

  12. Nita Perry on May 12, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    How do you get the Ryobi to come up I turned it on and send it down I can’t get it to come up

  13. midevilgrim3 on May 12, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Bro you just taught me how I been fucking up cutting 2x4s thank you. gotta pick one side of the line.

  14. Rocky Oatis on May 12, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    It’s been a while since this video was made, but wanted to see if you changed your thoughts around a 7.25" saw. I agree a 10" is probably better, but since most saws are now sold as a compound slider, the 7.25" looks very attractive because of cost of the saw and blades. Bought mine 3 years ago and used it for the first time last week (got busy). The sliding feature was a big compensator and mounting on a portable stand makes it easier to maneuver. Just for reference, I got a Kobalt for right around $100 and I’m a novice woodworker.

  15. Peter Swindley on May 12, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Mitre saw in the UK is pronounced the same.

  16. spacep0d on May 12, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Great vid, thanks!

  17. anthony10370 on May 12, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Nice

  18. Not Your Bro on May 12, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Here i am with my manual mitre saw

  19. Humble Servant on May 12, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    These days miter saws have a laser which shows where the cut will be made.

  20. Shifty Shamrock on May 12, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    im new to wood working and this video helped me out very much for making this

  21. Adaumis ASMR on May 12, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    I’ve been building a raised garden bed and using a handsaw, I have one of these bad boys in the garage, ( my fathers) and I just am way to scared to use it. I’ve used it before- but I just have a feeling Imma mess up some how. I’m watching this to build up the courage. *breathes* lol Thank you for the great video Steve 😀

  22. Electroplank on May 12, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    sliding saw is far superior

  23. Louis Landi on May 12, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    Steve, Your voice projects well and does not make me want to fast forward. Watching any video from you is educational but going back later is a great review that
    really sinks in. I’ve learned sooo much from you. Many thanks.

  24. CH7 on May 12, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    I just got one for my birthday. Completely random gift. Now I have find something to cut. Nice garage piece.

  25. Stuart Whelan on May 12, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Why would you stop block like you did in this video? You’re asking for a kick back. You can stop block with a side loose so why do this???

  26. Printed Props on May 12, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    100% of my cuts are compound cuts because im shit with a handsaw.
    Got a miter saw now haha.

  27. Hungry Hubby on May 12, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    I have a mitre saw but being a novice woodworker I learned a lot from this video. Thanks for teaching, posting!

  28. shelbyz88 on May 12, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Very helpful! Thanks so much!

  29. A Leon on May 12, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Believe it or not some or many have forgotten where their hands were before cutting.

  30. Mike Brooker on May 12, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Great stuff. Re-learned a safety tip: thanks, Steve.

  31. Vince Hole on May 12, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you, Steve.
    The suggestion of fastening wood to the fence to make for longer stop blocks, saved me from buying a miter stand. Thank you, I would have never thought of that.

  32. viisteist on May 12, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    7:51 – what are all of those numbers on the saw LoL

  33. Larry Jacobs on May 12, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Great video

  34. Fly Oz on May 12, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    You have a very bad habit of touching. You touch under the blade etc DONT DO IT hands off only on when you are looking at the work and are placing them. Ask me how I know this

  35. ShakespeareCafe on May 12, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    On a slider push the saw into the wood. I’ve seen people pull the saw towards them

  36. Geoffrey Opulski on May 12, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    not to put knot in your BUUUT, I actually find a 12" miter saw to be useful than a 10" miter saw. that’s not to say one is better than the other both saws have their place both saws have their limits. with my shop and the work i do furniture restoration, antique restoration and custom builds , I find the duel bevel miter saw to a huge asset in the shop, It’s really what best suits your needs. GREAT info, GREAT video

  37. Rudy Garcia on May 12, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    What a great video ! Thank you

  38. Matt Timmons on May 12, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    I like how at 10:32 he reaches his hand right under that spinning blade after telling us never to do that. That’s how you get the nickname ‘Lefty’.

  39. yinon atar on May 12, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Thank you very much for this excellent video.

  40. Robert Westwood on May 12, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Fantastic explanation and walk through.

  41. sherrcon on May 12, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    dang…i am new to all this and i have learned alot from you already…thank you

  42. Tom Hart on May 12, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    You’re havin a girraffe surely? I can assure you mate, that after 20 years in the trade I have never once heard an Englishman, Irishman or Scotsman refer to this as a "mitrer" saw. You don’t know your toMAYtos from your tomatoes geezer! That being said, I can’t fully vouch for the Scots and the Irish!. But an Englishman would be laughed off site if he asked for a bloody "MITRER SAW" On yer bike lol.

  43. Bookoo c on May 12, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    What happened to stopping the blade before raising it there at the end.On the mitre cuts?

  44. David Ahart on May 12, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Hi Steve, I have a question, I have my dad’s miter saw which has a safety button that I have to slide up before I can squeeze the trigger to start the saw. I have arthritis in my hands and fingers, I was wondering what your thoughts were on taking out the safety button and just use the trigger to start the saw, I know I’d have to use extra caution, but I was thinking with the saw having a blade guard I’d still be ok. Thanks David

  45. Chris Davies on May 12, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    FYI Steve, we retain the french "re" endings of words because it adds additional nuance to the language. That’s something most Americans simply don’t understand. For example, a "meter" is a thing for measuring other things! While a "metre" is a universal standard unit of distance. So, in English a "kilometer", is actually a device for measuring kilos — something we ordinarily call "scales". Whereas a "kilometre" is 1,000 metres! Do you understand? "Mitre" is the French-derived word for angled cut, and we retain the "re" ending to indicate its origin within the language, and to distinguish it from the word "miter" which would be used to describe a person who does something with mites. 😛

    You might imagine that American English is a bit smarter than English-English, because it uses simpler endings for some words. But it isn’t. It’s just as stupid as English-English, except it’s stupid in slightly more useless ways. 😛

  46. Mummymoomarb on May 12, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    thank you
    really helpful information 🙂 going to buy a mitre saw

  47. Lena For Life in Peace on May 12, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Thank you for the tips! Very nice!💯

  48. JP Ramos on May 12, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    What do you call the clamp you used? Thanks

  49. The modest Woodworker on May 12, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Nope, we say mitre saw just the same as you guys across the pond

  50. Nick Ritzer on May 12, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    I’d been usimg a miter saw setup i bought from my retired neighbor over the summer…JUST NOW realized i could get some of those clamps for the front lol

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