A miter saw is such a great power tool to cut across on wooden boards. It might be the best tool in fact for the job since it can not only cut straight but at angles too. In this guide, we will teach you how to cut 22.5 degrees on a miter saw. In fact, once the guide is finished you will be able to learn how to cut at any angle of your choice.
If you do not know about all the functions of a tool, you are never going to be able to utilize it fully. Woodwork is not about the tools but how you use them. So it is important for you to familiarize yourself with each and every tool in the shed. A miter saw is such a tool that will make your DIY projects so much easier if you know how to use it properly.
If you own a miter saw, specifically a compound slider model, you can do so much with it. Once you learn how to use it properly, you are going to be finishing projects so much faster.
Why Choose a Miter Saw Over Others?
There are many types of saws that utilize a circular blade. We have a table saw and a circular saw as well. They both use a circular blade, then why would you prefer a miter saw? A circular saw can not only cut across but also rip boards too. Why would you choose it over all these other saws?
The answer is plain and simple, it’s the efficiency and precision of the miter saw. When it comes to cutting at various angles or just quickly cutting across, it is just so quick. The saw literally takes no time at all, just lock it into position, press the trigger, and lower the handle. The kind of stability and efficiency you get from a miter saw is just unparalleled. Also when you need to cut according to precise measurements, it will be your best friend.
Cutting a 22.5-Degree Angle on Your Miter Saw
Cutting at any angle on your miter saw is easy. The key is to know how to unlock your miter saw and to keep an eye on the scales. For this, we will be keeping an eye specifically on the miter scale.
Some miter saws feature a knob at the turn table that is also used as a miter handle. If that is the case with you then unlock the knob by rotating it. This will loosen it and unlock the turntable.
Grab the miter handle/lock and pull the lever underneath it. This will allow you to navigate the turntable.
Carefully eyeing the miter scale, move the turn table to the left or the right. You need to move it till you reach the desired angle on the miter scale. This will be indicated by a small arrow that will be pointing at the angle. In this case, we need to reach the 22.5-degrees angle.
Place a piece of wood on the fence and use the vise to clamp it into place. If you do not have a vise just use your hands to press it firmly against the fence. Make sure there is no wobble in the wood when you are cutting it otherwise it will be inaccurate.
Once you have the wood in place, press the trigger, and move the handle down. This will cut the wood at the desired angle of your choice. In our case, it will be the 22.5-degrees angle.
By following these easy steps you can cut the wood at any angle you want to on your miter saw. You can also use the bevel scale to tilt the saw and make a bevel cut on wood. But these are the basics and you should know these before operating one and cutting at an angle.
Things to Consider while Cutting at 22.5-Degrees on a Miter Saw
- Always make sure to keep an eye on the miter scale when you are cutting at an angle. The 22.5-degree angle is one of the more common angles that is used when making miter cuts.
- While operating a miter saw or any other power tool always wear protective gear. Wear earmuffs, goggles, and a mask when operating a miter saw. The goggles and the mask is to protect your organs from sawdust as it can cause irritation. The earmuffs are to protect your hearing since prolonged exposure to loud noise can damage your ears.
- Unlock the locking pin to release the lock on the handle. Use the locking pin to lock the handle in its place while transporting the miter saw.
- Use the locking knob and lever to lock the miter saw at your desired angle. Using the locks gives you the advantage of precise cuts. Familiarize yourself with these locks so you can make more accurate cuts across any piece of wood.
- Fasten the piece of wood by clamping it on using a vise. The vise is usually on the miter saw near the fence. You use the clamping mechanism to lock the piece of wood so when you cut it, it does not move from its place. Even the slightest of wobbles can make the cut inaccurate and might make you lose precision.