Cutting Small Parts On The Miter Saw

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In this video I share how I cut small parts on the miter saw.

I am sure this one will be cause for active commentary from the safety police and maybe the hand tool junkies for not using a fancy hand saw to cut small pieces.

Well, this is the way I do it in the American Craftsman Workshop. Because if the tool doesn’t make any noise and throw a rooster tail of sawdust, how am I supposed to know that any work is getting done?

Hope you enjoy the video and find it helpful;)

Remember to let your work be your signature.

Your friend in the shop,

Todd A. Clippinger

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Gary – I bought that Hitachi slider years ago because it was the saw of choice among the best trim carpenters I knew. They knew what a good saw was;)

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Gary – Similarly I have a 10" SystiMatic 60 tooth triple chip with -5°. I just never seem to pull it out anymore since getting the CMT General.

The SystiMatic will not go to waste though. It is good for everything from wood to plastics and non-ferrous metals.

I got a couple SystiMatic blades before they went under, they made great blades.

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If your ever feeling adventurous, try a Freud Industrial sliding miter saw blade -5 degree rake. Very little tear out and doesn’t want to climb the wood. Great for factory finished cabinet trim. My job site saw in the same Hitachi slider you have. Nice saw. Not as grabby as some others, I think due to a little slower rpm.

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Gary – I am using a CMT General Thin Kerf

It is my favorite blade for the miter saw for most cutting. It has an 18° hook angle. I also have a fine finish CMT blade with 80 teeth and it has a 15° hook. After using the CMT General with only 40 teeth, I won’t hardly ever go back to a high tooth count, it cuts like a laser.

I have also tried the Freud Fusion, it would be the most direct competition, but I prefer the CMT. Freud’s formula for carbide is too brittle in my experience, at least for this blade configuration.

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You have to love the "safety police…lol
You can’t give away to many of our “Trade” secrets or everyone will think they can do it……..hehe
Is that a negative rake blade? I’ve tried to explain the benefits of this to a few guys and the usual answer is “I can’t find it at Home Depot”….ugh.

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