How do you make miter cuts?

  • Using a pencil, mark a cut on your piece of wood.
  • Adjust the blade on your miter saw so that it lines up perfectly with your cut mark. (If you’re making square boxes or picture frames or if you’re cutting angles for crown molding, set your blade angle at precisely 45 degrees.)
  • Turn on your blade and start your cut with a few backstrokes of the saw to give it a good channel for your cut.
  • Make your cut with steady strokes by gently lowering the blade onto the wood.
  • When the saw approaches the bottom of the board your cutting, ease back on the force you’re using so that the blade lightly passes through the wood. This will prevent the wood from ripping or tearing.
  • Use a medium-grit sandpaper to sand the edges of your cut.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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