I'm looking for some opinions on the cuts available with cross cut saws. I
was thinking of picking up one of the Lee Valley models.
What I want to know is how clean these saws produce 90° cross cuts for the
purpose of butt joins to be connected with pocket-hole joinery. Normally,
I'd use a tablesaw, but since the one I'd normally use is not easily
accessible to me, I'm thinking of going with one of the models listed in the
I had one of those saws years ago and it was not one of the cheap ones. I
found that there is still a lot of play between the saw blade and guides
that resulted in inaccurate cuts. The TS with a standard miter gauge is
still way better. Good for carpentry work but not furniture or picture
frame building. YMMV.
The LV one may be better but my experience is that they tend to be more to
look at than accurate.
That's odd. I have one, a Jorgenson, that works very well. You do have to be
gentle with starting the cut or you can push it out of line but, if you let
the saw do the cutting, it works great. I have done mitered frames and
square frames with mine.
IMO a Speed Square and a goog circular saw with a SHARP blade would
probably yield a better result.
Problem is that I'd be doing the cutting in an apartment, where the
spreading of dust is not easily controlled. Slow and easy with a cross cut
saw would have the dust fall into a garbage can. Anything else is just a big
How about any old saw and then square it up with a sharp plane and a
If you aren't a neander, I'd strongly suggest going with a powered
miter saw. I recommend the Dewalt DW703. You can dropped at your door
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