This helped keep 4"x6" piece square on my Bosch miter saw.

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Forum topic by Holbs posted 04-23-2018 04:12 AM 1376 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-23-2018 04:12 AM

I had to dimension 4”x6” pieces for my joinery bench. These are pretty thick so used my Bosch miter saw. After cutting them, I double check their squareness with a square and also stand on end ontop of my Unisaw. Some were square, some were not! Confused, I tried something out. I think I brought the handle down too fast into the wood for some pieces and out of habit, was standing off to the side of the blade. So I recut standing infront of the blade to ensure the downward angle was centered and I also took the cut slowly. Whalla! All pieces are now square. I then remembered I always had issues with stuff being not square in the past. I bet I rushed things.
Not shabby…no gap over a 36” distance on all 4 pieces. I’m happy.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 04-25-2018 03:13 AM

Any cut where you use a tool to make it, is better done taking your time to let the tool work, or in this case the blade cut. Could be you were jerking the piece out of square, getting blade deflection, possibly in your haste you didn’t clear out all the dust from the saw plate, not allowing the stock to fit tight to the fence. Wood creep as the blade sped down through the cut and the teeth grabbed before cutting and pulled the piece out of square.

All said you could come up with a possible 100 reasons for goofy cuts. Taking your time with any of them, and generally you will make cleaner squarer cuts.

Someone said, haste makes waste, darned if they didn’t nail it.

Another thing I have found to be true, if you get in such a hurry you can graduate from making goofy cuts to going straight for a name change. Something snappy like “Stumpy” “No Thumbs”, stuff like that :-)

Be careful out there, and thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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