How to use a compound mitre saw: introduction

the first trick you're going to need to

know is how do you get this lifted up

you may think that's funny but if you

don't know how to do it you may get it

back you may feel helpless that you

can't start your project you know this

is actually in the locked position take

this little button here sometimes

doesn't work very well you got to kind

of push down this take a little bit of

slack off badge on full of hours it's

not not I have there pull it off arm up

now this will come up here like this

that's your first little trick to know

it's kind of get acquainted with this

saw not use this particular saw before

I'm borrowing this saw from somebody and

should be able to push this down see if

I can loosen that up okay

okay push that down and then see you can

swivel this to whatever degrees you want

which is kind of cool and it locks into

place at zero let's see where the next

one is twenty two and a half and then I

pick at 45 it snaps to

okay that snaps and then you don't have

to lock this handle down but any other

degrees if you want let's say five

degrees you can set it there then you've

got to tighten this handle down to keep

this blade from moving keep this table

from moving too soon I mean always make

sure you do that on any part where it

doesn't snap down into place and I'm

glad I checked this is it was on two

degrees when I first looked at it last

thing you want to do is when you start

cutting your wood let's say it's on two

degrees you got it all set down you

start cutting it you're not going to

have square ends so when you butt it up

against the wall it's not going to fit

properly will it okay so loosen that up

snap that into place now maybe he had it

at two degrees for a reason maybe maybe

this table is out of whack so you know

before I start I'll probably take a

square and set it up do one cut and and

make sure that it's nice and straight

before I start cutting all of my

materials they don't have to compensate

but generally if this snaps into place

at zero dad then you know that's going

to be a perfect 90 degree cut now here's

something cool this saw has that some

other saws don't have gotten his handle

back here you got to loosen that up

screw that a little bit and then this

should fold down see this holds down at

an angle that's pretty slick huh

then you can tighten it back up at

whatever angle you want you look at that

down there then you can cut your wood at

an angle you might have to do that

depending how tall your baseboard is or

anything like that

so you can you can put the table at an

angle you can flip the saw over at an

angle and work with it like that

this pops back up now to get a 45 see if

not it's not going over far enough

before taking this this little table

edge well on that table there's a little

set screw on the side of it slide that

back get it out way think you can see

that you can get that you can get that

out of the way so then you 45s

loosen that up keep that all the way

down at a 45 it kind of sets into place

this one doesn't not CH

and set in any certain areas it's got a

definite stop at zero and a definite

stop 45 so I'm going to do a 45 degree

cut and let it stop I'll still check it

and looks fine and I can tighten that up

and I want to make sure that this table

this little table extension on this side

it's over far enough push my blade down

it's not going to hit it kind of awkward

to cut this way but trim comes out

really nice at the times you need to

angle your your blade over and only

flops over on the left-hand side you

can't take this and flop it over to the

right so every time you cut you have to

cut this way so sometimes you have to

figure out on your trim tape how am I

going to cut those angles got an

on both ends let's say you got to think

about it a little bit before you you

start cutting your material

now in this saw here here's the outlet

work where the dust is going to come out

a lot of it now this should have a dust

bag on it and then you know you could

cut inside a house you know and it's not

going to put out that much dust you're

still going to have some dusting on the

saw blade when you're doing it like that

but because I'm borrowing this from

somebody and it doesn't have a dust bag

of course I've got to leave it outside

because this is just going to keep

flying out that way every time I make a

cut all right keep your dust to a

minimum around your project especially

like I said we've got hardwood floor

down even if I had a dust bag I think I

would still cut outside depending where

I'm at if I'm up on a second floor and

I've got to cut the trim and do the

baseboard and all that kind of stuff I

might think twice about I might bag off

an area or or just kind of deal with it

make sure I have a dust bag on there and

clean up the best I can when I get done

you know so think about your project and

work accordingly