There is almost always more than one way to perform any given operation
in a WW project. But in general, all things being equal, which machine
would you reach for when making a miter cut, or any similar angled
crosscut that needs to be as precise as you can make it. Is there
reason to believe, for example, that a table saw, properly set up,
would give superior results? Would the miter saw. Does it depend
entirely on the settup of the machine? or is it simply user preference?
Any method will work in the hands of some one skilled and who cares enough
to get it right. I reach for the easiest tool first. So if it were under 10
or so inches wide I would use the miter saw. Larger pieces would require a
I completely agree. Part of this is adjusting and testing your tools
before you need to use them. I can get as accurate a miter on my RAS as
with the Incra on the TS. Recently had to do a 6 foot long angle cut.
Took it rough with a sabre saw, then finished on the jointer.
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All I an say is that my TS is more accurate then my CMS...so for any
critical work the TS gets the nod....if trimming a house then the CMS
is good enough...
The Key word above is MY.... in referencing the TS & CMS ...... Other
guys may have a killer CMS and a cheap TS...
My way is not the only way >>BUT with MY tools its the best way
I've been cutting window and door trim for longer than I like to
remember and prefer to use the table saw. I was taught that way and
haven't found a better way in all these years.
I have used a mitre saw on small jobs where there was only a door or
two and where the table saw was not needed. You can make the joints
look good with a mitre saw but it does not seem as easy to me.
Of course I've seen guys trim all the doors and windows with a mitre
saw so maybe it's whatever you're comfortable with.
For the most precision make the initial cut slightly oversized with any
miter method and make the final cut with a Lions Miter Trimmer:
Buffalo, NY - USA
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You can get a very precise miter using a purpose-made miter saw, a table
saw, any of numerous types of hand saws, a Swiss Army knife, or a handheld
rodent. But you'll find it far, far less hassle to do it with the purpose
made miter saw than with the rodent.
In other words precision comes from the workman, not the tool, but by using
a purpose made tool you can achieve a desired degree of precision with far
less effort and with significantly higher production volume than the
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