Miter Saw Alternative

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Project by FrancoisWorkshop posted 08-20-2019 12:54 PM 749 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Planning to build a shed in the near future and thought I need a miter saw to make it easier. I have not needed or wanted one for my workshop as I have a good table saw and crosscut/miter sleds. Nor do I have the space. I know one can buy relatively inexpensive ones but of course the one I want is the German one with articulated arms. Now I don’t mind spending good money on good tools but in this case I thought I’m come up with an alternative. As I have a circular saw and I’ll only be cutting 2x material I came up with this… The fences can slide back to provide more cutting depth when cutting large angles – 60 degrees max. There is a T-bolt underneath sliding in a grove. Both grove and circular slot cut with router circle cutting jig.

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#1 posted 08-20-2019 01:14 PM

Clever solution.

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#2 posted 08-20-2019 01:33 PM

what a great idea -

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#3 posted 08-20-2019 02:08 PM

Great job! Congrats!

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#4 posted 08-20-2019 02:12 PM

nice idea what is tape for on the saw ? GREAT JIG :<))

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#5 posted 08-20-2019 04:04 PM

Good idea!

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#6 posted 08-20-2019 06:06 PM

Smart thinking. Looks like it will work perfect for your needs.

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#7 posted 08-21-2019 04:58 AM

Yeah that would work for me too, reminds me of my Triton days!

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#8 posted 08-21-2019 05:22 AM

Very clever and logical alternative.

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#9 posted 08-22-2019 01:22 AM

Interesting idea! How much travel does the saw have? I am assuming a pivot point on the side opposite the T-bolt…
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#10 posted 08-22-2019 02:01 AM

Good! Reminds me of saws used to cut flooring…only I’m not sure they cut angles. I’ve often wondered why this ideal (or similar flooring saws) hadn’t caught on as general purpose saws as you’ve done. Perhaps the depth of cut is limiting the application too much…requires the use of another tool to make the deeper cuts? I don’t know.

Seems neat to me, so and good luck…

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