How to: 45-Degree Cuts Using a Miter Saw
Miter saws make angled cuts. A common home improvement project using a miter saw is putting up crown molding that requires alternating 45-degree angles, which interlock to form a 90-degree angle. A standard miter saw pivots from a single point and cuts square to the table. This saw works well for projects like molding. For more complicated projects, there are more complex miter saws. For example, a compound miter saw allows for beveling.
Choose the correct blade for the material to be cut.
Disengage the miter's lock handle.
Adjust the miter latch to a 45-degree setting on the miter scale. The latch is located on the bottom of your miter saw. The scale is a circular ruler style mechanism with radial settings from zero to 90 degrees.
Cut a scrap piece of wood to check the accuracy of your angle before beginning your project.
Things You Will Need
- Cutting table
- Scrap wood
- Cut the miter before you make any other cuts to your wood.
- Let the saw come up to full speed before making cuts.