I've seen lots of pictures of woodworkers' workshops and even ones with
big, large capacity table saws also have a miter saw. Why do you need
a miter saw once you have a table saw? I can't picture anything you
could do on a miter saw that you couldn't do on a table saw with
Yeah, a couple. I think one was the workshop tour. Other times from what he
said I got the distinct impression the pieces had been through a miter saw
I got mine for an upcoming bathroom remodel because I knew it was going to
speed things up. I just didn't think it was going to speed things up THAT
much, or that it would be the most-used tool in the shop. Not the most
important to get that particular job done; it just usually ends up doing
something for every job.
Take it outside, to where the "job" is. In my case the CMS was bought to
build replacemenst for some "deck like" walkways around the house. No
way am I slogging boards back and forth from outside down the shop
(that's in a basement).
Yesterday I cut 112 pieces of 1x2 to a length of 14' 3", long
point to long point, with a compound miter on both ends. It
took about an hour on my miter saw. Can you cut a 14' piece
with a compound miter on both ends with your table saw? How
long does it take you to set it up (if you can do it at all)?
They are different animals entirely and I must have both.
Many jobs I do not need a table saw at all, but I almost
always use my miter saws. I couldn't live without them.
On 29 Jan 2006 12:58:07 -0800, upand_at email@example.com wrote:
#1. When cutting rough lumber to length, it's far easier to not have
to move the large piece of wood across a saw table.
#2. The MS crosscuts warped, twisted, etc... stock easier and safer.
#3. The MS is available when a complicated or precise rip is set up on
#4. The MS is available when the dado is installed on the TS.
#5. The MS is much more portable.
#6. One saw is available for 90 degree cuts when the other is set up
and fine tuned for a precise angle.
Lots of folks do varied projects, so one is often far superior than
the other for a particular task. Once you've got both it's convenient
to have ready access to either.
heh heh... well no one really neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeds one per say, unless
a whole lot of cross cutting very long boards, like in furniture production,
a tad less. Anyone can accuratley use a decent hand saw in a basic home shop.
you can't load a heeyyoooj looooooong board on a TS, really. But an electric
provides a lot of conveniences in small work as well, without the hassle of
board down on a set of saw horses. You can use a manual miter box as well, many
there. And that's the way I do it, I stick to: as "neander" as possible.
Alex - "newbie_neander" woodworker
I built a jungle Gym in my back yard last year. Some of the pieces were
12-18 ft. 4x4s. I bought a table saw and used it because I didnt know
any better. Since I'm still alive I know there is God :P
I have a miter saw on the way now...
"Then said I, Wisdom [is] better than strength: nevertheless the poor
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