A power mitre saw, like the DeWalt DW703 compound mitre 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 mitre boxes and hand-held mitre saws. Today, a trim carpenter can cut the outside corner of a piece of crown moulding 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 mitre saw is that you don't have to be a professional carpenter to use one.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
Unplug the saw to prevent accidental start-up while making adjustments. Loosen the mitre clamp knob. Pull up on the mitre latch. Rotate the control arm to the left or to the right until the desired angle on the mitre scale aligns with the pointer on the mitre lock handle. Release the mitre latch and tighten the mitre clamp knob.
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.
Mark a line on the wide side of the piece of lumber using a straight edge and a pencil. Position the lumber on the mitre saw table with the wide side down and the narrow edge against the mitre 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.
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.
Release the trigger and allow the blade to come to a complete stop before raising the blade from the lumber.
Tips and warnings
- When cutting left-bevel, or right-mitre 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.
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