Drum roll please…………
I did it. It’s done all the pictures are done for the Miter Saw tuning post. I can’t believe it.
Okay So here we go.
First and foremost when you start this process :
PLEASE READ, FOLLOW, AND UNDERSTAND THE USE AND SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR SAW AND ALWAYS WEAR YOUR SAFETY GLASSES AND I RECOMMEND HEARING PROTECTION.
MAKE SURE THAT YOUR SAW IS UNPLUGGED DURING THE FIRST SEVERAL PARTS OF THIS TUTORIAL.
Okay now that I have that out of the way. Seriously please take care of yourself and watch what you are doing.
Squaring the Blade to the Fence:
Make sure your saw is set and locked at the 0° take your square and lay it on the table to check for 90° make sure the it is flush against the fence. You are looking to make sure there is no gap between the square and the blade. Make sure that you don’t put to much pressure on the blade as it can cause it to deflect.
Now once you feel that the blade is square find a piece of scrap wood and and make a cut with the widest side laying flat on the table.
Part of the reason I included a video here was to show some safety precautions. When you are making your cut you want to start the saw close to the the material make a slow and steady cut through the wood. Once you have made the cut leave the blade in the down position and let the blade come to a complete stop. This does a couple of things. It reduces the risk of you sticking your hand in there and trying to grab the wood. It also keeps you from possibly causing the blade to catch the wood and at best chipping at worst possibly throwing the piece at you or across the shop. You will also notice that I keep my hand on the piece through the entire cut, I also as the blade is slowing slide the “non waste” side away from the blade. I don’t know if this is good or not it’s just something that I gave gotten in the habit of doing. In my mind it helps keep the blade from catching the piece as well.
Now once you have made your cut get your straight edge out and align the two pieces against the straight edge.
You will notice that I have labeled one part with a T(top) this is just for orientation. Now take the one piece and flip it over 180° on its top.
Now you want to check for any kind of gap between the two pieces.
Fortunately for me I don’t have any gaps in my pieces so I don’t need to adjust the saw. For this cut. If you do need to adjust this please refer to the manual for your saw. Typically there are bolts that will allow you to adjust where the saw stops.
Checking the 45° Miter Setting:
Just as we did with the 0° setting take your square and set it to check for 45°. Again make sure not to press to hard against the blade and keep the square flush to the fence.
Take a try square or a combination square and check the miter for square also check to see there there are no gaps in the miter itself. We are looking good here no adjustments needed. If you need to make adjustments refer to the manual for your particular saw for adjustment details.
Like checking for square set the saw to 0° and make sure you are still square. Now take another piece of scrap and place it on edge and make your cut. Once again take those pieces and align them against a straight edge and the flip one piece like you did before and check for a gap.
Hey guess what. I have a gap. I will be spending a little time adjusting this. Again if you have a gap here refer to your manual to on resolving this issue. Now I need to go find my manual.
You will want to perform a similar cut when you put the blade on a 45° Bevel.
Take your piece on edge and cut a 45° in this piece and another and set up the miter similar to what we did here:
Again make sure to check for square and gaps and refer to your manual.
Sorry to keep telling you refer to your manual but each saw is just enough different that it is important to refer to yours so you can adjust your saw accurately.
I hope this helps you in setting up your saw and providing a little bit of safety and usage guidance. Please feel free to ask me any questions or if you would like to see any other photos please feel free to let me know.
After making the adjustment needed you should have a very accurate saw that will allow you to make nice square cuts and will allow you make the nightstand with ease.Have a Great Day!