Instructions for a DeWalt DW703

A power miter saw, like the DeWalt DW703 compound miter saw, cuts down the time it takes to do a job to only a fraction of the time it took carpenters and woodworkers to use miter boxes and hand-held miter saws. Today, a trim carpenter can cut the outside corner of a piece of crown molding in a matter of seconds, where it used to take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes by hand. The nice thing about the Dewalt DW 703 compound miter saw is that you don't have to be a professional carpenter to use one.

  1. Unplug the saw to prevent accidental startup while making adjustments. Loosen the miter clamp knob. Pull up on the miter latch. Rotate the control arm to the left or to the right until the desired angle on the miter scale aligns with the pointer on the miter lock handle. Release the miter latch and tighten the miter clamp knob.
  2. Loosen the bevel clamp knob, which is located at the back of the saw. Move the saw arm to the left until the pointer aligns with the desired angle on the bevel gauge, which is located at the back of the saw. Tighten the bevel lock clockwise until it is tight.
  3. Mark a line on the wide side of the piece of lumber using a straight edge and a pencil. Position the lumber on the miter saw table with the wide side down and the narrow edge against the miter saw fence. Lower the blade to the lumber, prior to turning the saw on, by pulling down on the saw handle. Align the blade with the cut line on the lumber.
  4. Plug the saw in. Hold the lumber in place with your left-hand while operating the saw handle with your right hand. Start the blade by pulling the trigger in the saw handle and allow it to reach top speed. Lower the blade, contacting the lumber on the pencil line and slowly move the blade through the lumber until the blade is through the piece of lumber.
  5. Release the trigger and allow the blade to come to a complete stop before raising the blade from the lumber.

Things You Will Need

  • Lumber
  • Straightedge
  • Pencil


  • When cutting left-bevel, or right-miter compound cuts, it is necessary to remove the adjustable fence.
  • Always wear safety glasses when operating power tools.
  • Read and follow all the instructions that come with power tools.

About the Author

Tom Price began writing professionally in 1989. He has written for the "Chicago Tribune Redeye," the "Chicago Tribune" and "Los Angeles Times," among other publications. Price holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Illinois.