Should You Buy A Miter Saw? – Beginner Woodworker's guide

Should You Buy A Miter Saw? – Beginner Woodworker's guide

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In this video we take an in depth look at the miter saw and how it is used in the shop for woodworking and furniture. Hopefully this will help anybody who is considering one to determine if it is a good investment, or if they could get a better return by opting for other woodworking tools. In the video we cover the most common uses for a miter saw, and how to achieve the same results with other tools in the workshop.

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50 Comments

  1. Joe Martines on June 3, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    As a beginner I’m afraid to use a table saw… experienced woodworker friends of mine have lost fingers…



  2. Mt Habit on June 3, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    I found that this video just proved how useful a mitre saw and a good mitre saw stand is. The amount of clamps, big surfaces, other tools, jigs, etc these guys had to use in each example in order to demonstrate why they don’t need a mitre saw is exactly why I have one.



  3. cole mahaney on June 3, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Love mine



  4. C Irwin on June 3, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    How do you like the ACS? I’m on the fence between that and a table saw.



  5. MachTwo57 on June 3, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Stop trash talking my miter saw! 🙂



  6. Dave W on June 3, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Can I just ask, how in anyway does a good mitre saw take up more space than a table saw? Or cost more? Or is more dangerous given the blades spins down and away?



  7. Michael Pfistner on June 3, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    1 less tool and more shop space would be great. But 90% of my cuts are under 12" and are multiple. So cutting 7 10.25" pieces, then 14 8.5" pieces, then….well you get the idea. Idk if I could cut that on a table saw, sliding an 8′ piece of pine back and forth. I guess I can cut it in half 1st. Hmmmm



  8. Tc_kidsolo on June 3, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    I agree with all aspects of this video they also make 7 1/4 miter saws if space is a problem they has its limit as well so a circular sore can do a lot of cuts so can a jigsaw ifor a lot of different cuts I personally don’t have a miter saw at my place it’s at my in-laws house and it’s not a compound miter saw just a regular vintage Makita miter saw that still works if I need it I go pick it up if not it stays there I live in a condo don’t have the space



  9. Niall Gartland on June 3, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    As a professional bespoke furniture maker with a panel saw and 2 miter saws we have 1 set up for 90° cuts and it have a zero clearance fence and base it’s great for rough work breaking out material or the fine work and the second 1 is on a mobile stand we use this for all our "miter" work and is a good thing to have around but it doesn’t get nearly as much use as the one that’s only set to 90°



  10. Jan Barrett Nielsen on June 3, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    A Beginner Woodworkers guide becomes a bit weird when it’s mostly focused around having a table saw….because then you don’t need a mitre saw…
    How many beginner woodworkers has a table saw?
    I like Chris Salomone, but this video is a somewhat stupid because
    it caters to people who has a roomy workshop – not beginners….



  11. rob heathcote on June 3, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    hahahahaha, i jst brought one today to cut firewood lol



  12. Isaac Ventura Giordano on June 3, 2022 at 8:31 pm

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  13. Mariano _ on June 3, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Probably the last tool I’ll buy. A job site table saw + nicely built crosscut sled with stop block will get you there without a miter saw.



  14. justinoff1 on June 3, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Yeah…. No.



  15. 𝙈𝙧.𝙁𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙢𝙖𝙣 on June 3, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    What about the hand mitersaws with guides and stuff any suggestions?



  16. Анна Волкова on June 3, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    *Probably one of my most used **MyBest.Tools** cordless tools. Plenty of power when used with the 5.0Am Lithium Ion Batteries. Awesome cordless circular saw. Would highly recommend!*



  17. Austin Levi on June 3, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Different paths can lead to the same destination. However I prefer to have one. It’s just preference.



  18. Derek Dean on June 3, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    If you’re going to build or buy a table or stand set up. Okay, great tool. But you’ll never get dust collection right on a miter saw. Don’t care what you do, never. Miter saws are safe and fast at 90 and 45. But I still take things over to a miter trimmer or shooting board to fine tune, as I could never build a picture frame with a miter saw. But a miter saw as a chop saw to shove 40 different boards in and you have a stop block set up to cut down measuring time. Miter saw all day long. All day. Best saw for the job.

    But I have a $100 miter saw. I use it sparingly. One of the things people forget with miter saws is it’s a cross cut saw. It needs a cross cut blade. But it’s coming in at a different angle than a fine finish cross cut table saw blade. Which makes it wonky to use. But if you needed a saw to take to a buddies and build a Pergola and he’s got a bunch of lumber.

    Tape measure. Miter saw. Done. Ugly pergola.



  19. S Dale on June 3, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    “Dramatic reenactment” was best!



  20. wateringflower on June 3, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Double tapping on the right is a good way to speed thru the time for the ad.
    Otherwise nice content. Thx for the info guys



  21. Eric Clark on June 3, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    I wish I was handy



  22. move foward on June 3, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Mitre saw good for metal work as well.



  23. Jonathan Corso on June 3, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    great advise. definitely makes sense considering what you guys make. Great job guys



  24. ajfam871 on June 3, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    When I started my tool love or addiction. I ran out and got a Slidding miser saw. It was cool but very cumbersome. I got rid of it quickly. This time around I plan to get a non sliding miter saw. Maybe a 10/12 inch. I never really needed the sliding feature. Plus they are more expensive too.



  25. arms length on June 3, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    A properly calibrated radial arm saw with a good table and fence, and a track saw are all that you need for all kinds of straight cuts. Add a band-saw for curvy stuff. The track saw (or circular saw conversion equivalent) is really only required for cutting sheet good sections too wide for a standard radial arm or for cutting some odd combinations of angles. Precise miter-jigs can even be used to augment or check your arm angle if you’re worried about minute-of-degree accuracy for picture frames etc. And both tools together take up far less room than some table saw you have to dance around often with one or two helpers.



  26. William Gates on June 3, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    After those rough cuts, then you need to do the finishing cuts. Time wasted. I prefer miter saw for cutting multiple pieces at one time. I just finished making a storage bench for my wife with lift up lid. i lined the interior of the bench with ceder planks that I had sitting around. My miter saw completed the tasks in minutes. Then I used my table saw to get the final width for these cedar planks. Just one’s own perference.



  27. Reformed Hammer on June 3, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    I use a kreg acs and a miter saw, sold my table saw once I got the acs. I probably could loose the miter saw but I don’t like cutting trim on the acs.



  28. Russian Bot on June 3, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    WOW, You use several methods for doing the job one tool could do. Not to mention having to set up every time for each method. This is backwards thinking and I whole heatedly disagree… This is a carpentry tool, not a furniture tool. Apples and Oranges..



  29. mokedokie on June 3, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Thank you for posting your opinion, Chris. I assume you are a professional wood worker with many years of experience, so naturally you have more options than a DIY homeowner so not choosing a chop saw for you makes sense. I’m a journeyman in several trades and decades of experience and the two tools I want to see in any serious shop is a high end table saw and sliding compound chop saw. I especially notice that younger men, including in my family, want to be perceived as knowledgable craftsmen although they do not have the depth years of experience brings. If I walk into a shop and don’t see a nice table saw and chop saw I find it hard to take that person seriously. With those two primary tools there are few problems that cannot be solved.



  30. Adrian on June 3, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    The can at 7:22 kiiiiiilled me :)))))

    awesome video tho, keep it up!



  31. ABX XYZ on June 3, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    15:17 what’s that tool called?



  32. marc Leblanc on June 3, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    i mean a miter saw is like any other tool, It has it conveniences, Like a track saw some people dont use it all the time do a track jig works fine. Thats why mechanics have 100’s of different wrwnchs he can do.most with just a few. But some makes life a bit easier. Thats what i feel any tool does



  33. Mark Johnson on June 3, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    This entire video was an example of working backwards from your conclusion.



  34. R Brown on June 3, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    I love the concept of a miter saw but I also hate my 12” DeWalt. Basically zero dust collection and impossible to cut a 45 degree bevel on anything like a maple railing without the blade flexing enough to burn one edge—and I’ve tried new and sharpened blades, different cut speeds, etc. The fence isn’t even perfectly flat due to it’s two overlapping piece design so upright wood can tilt a bit, which matters for all non-square cuts. I look forward to an upgrade someday.



  35. Diesel on June 3, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    I literally just watched two of your videos where you’re using your miter saw 😆🤣😂



  36. Jaume Pitarch on June 3, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    So many thanks for this great video. I was having many doubts about investing in a table saw or in a mitre saw first, and now I’m shure I can prescind of the mitresaw. I agree, If I can, I would like to invest some money in a jointer, but here in Spain is difficult to find a not expensive one that offers you a decent quality. Any suggestions? Also, which minimum size should the outfeed/infeed tables of a jointer have to make furniture and picture framing? Thanks



  37. Dominik Fratczak on June 3, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    if you can afford it and have a space for it, yes you should have it. track saw plus mitre saw is a great combination, when space available is an issue.



  38. pippetdog on June 3, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    My miter saw is and has always been the most used and most useful tool in my shop. It is all set up and ready to go. I don’t have to dig out my circular saw or my cross cut sled for my table saw etc. Yes you can do the same cuts with other tools but why if it takes longer and is more complicated.



  39. El Tigre De Tejas on June 3, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    8:16 🤦🏿‍♂️ use the push stick or wood pick stick not your fingers



  40. Jason Bequette on June 3, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    So basically either buy more expensive bulkier equipment or take more time and make more errors. Perfect if you rarely need to do such tasks.



  41. Derek Dean on June 3, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    I go hand plane. Japanese hand saw.
    Like God intended.
    I bought a saw stop so people think I’m cool. But I go hand plane. And Japanese pull saw. Especially when flattening boards and then cutting a 96 inch piece of plywood in two. I clear my whole day. I pack a lunch of beef jerky and jelly beans. And I start sawing. Perfectly zig zag curving lines.



  42. Javier Arellano on June 3, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    I was about to buy a used miter saw and then I saw your video, you made me realize that I don’t need it 🙂



  43. windwardpro on June 3, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    You have this _gigantic_ perfect shop with all the toys. Some of us have very _imperfect_ situations, like a tiny shop that you can barely fit your table saw in- and maybe not all sorts of fancy sleds and guides. In our case, it’s a little bit different story if a compound miter saw might be useful. Just cutting angles, period- for instance.



  44. Not authorized on June 3, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    ok that was funny…"no soup for you"



  45. Sean Moon on June 3, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    So glad u guys decided stop stop playing with sticky balls on the real though thx for all the great info for us beginners



  46. Icecactus on June 3, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks for helping me making the decision!



  47. D’Agnone Furniture Co. on June 3, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    As a home owner? I love it.

    As a furniture maker? It’s a waste of space



  48. MrFishBlood on June 3, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    See that "D" on Chris’s hat? That’s how you know he’s a smart man.



  49. Truong Nguyen on June 3, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Thanks for the inputs , but I’m going to get a miter saw anyway. I like collecting power tools even I don’t use them at all. Just the guy’s thing



  50. Craig Parrish on June 3, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    Let me save you 20mins of your life I can’t get back. Buy a miter saw or wish you had one.