Using a table saw to cut angles

One of the most powerful tools in a workshop is the table saw. You can make different cuts through adjustments that make it an ideal companion for almost every woodworking project you undertake. If you want to create angles, then there are adjustments that you’ll have to make both on the table and the blade so that you’re able to get the right cut.

Getting a jig attachment

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To get that angled cut, you need a jig attachment. It gets attached to the table, so it’s able to guide the table saw are you’re cutting. When you’re guiding the wood against the table saw blade, you’ll have a reference angle that you’re working with.

You don’t have to be a pro at woodworking to get the jig attachment. The good thing is that in most cases you’ll purchase the table saw and the jig attachment at your local hardware store.

In essence, a jig is a tool that guides the angled cuts that you want to make. With that in mind, you can also choose to make one yourself from leftover wood if you’re the kind of person who thrives on DIY projects and wants to save a few extra bucks.

Once you have it, you only have to use it, and the table saw to get the angles you need. Otherwise, you don’t need reinforcements with other power tools as you work.

Miter gauge

Miter gauge

Another way to make angles is through the use of a miter gauge. For the most part, it is considered as part of a table saw accessories, so they come together.

Using the miter gauge, you can get the usual cut or even from 90-degree angles to a 45-degree angle. You can make the cuts as you wish to make them thanks to this handy accessory.

You don’t have to use the miter gauge that comes with the saw. You have the option of using after-market miter gauges that provide you with more flexibility. They are more expensive, but you’re able to get precision to any degree that you choose to cut your wood.

How do they work?

Since the miter gauge is the primary tool that gets used, then we’re going to take a deeper dive. The miter gauge itself comprises of a long and thin metal guide that then rides to the miter slot that is located on the table saw.

There is a half-moon shaped head which pivots and is attached to the guide. There is a locking mechanism, so you’re able to select the pivoting point which is at the angle of your choice. They vary from minus to plus 45 degrees.

There are convenient miter gauges in the market that come pre-marked with the most commonly used angles. They are 90 degrees, 45 degrees, 30 degrees, and 22 and a half degrees. Now we are going to explore how to make square cross-cut using a miter gauge.

Cutting angles using a miter gauge

Cutting angles using a miter gauge

The most effortless cut to learn is the 90 degrees cut. What you have to do is set the miter at that angle and proceeds to cut what we call a square crosscut.

The design of the miter is purposefully made to make cuts at the degree of your choice. To make the cross-cut, slide the miter gauge toward your body and put aboard against the flat edge of the miter gauge.

Once you’ve determined the degree you want, make a mark on the wood that you wish to to cross-cut.

Keep the bard still flat against the miter gauge as you align the saw blade with the mark you’ve made. Note that during this process, the saw is off; you don’t want accidental starts and accidents.

Once you put the saw on, slide the miter gauge and the board underneath into and past the saw. When you do that, you’ll have made the cross-cut.

Angled cross-cut

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You can to the same with angle cross-cuts where the difference is that you’re placing the miter gauge at 45 degrees. You do that before sliding the gauge along with the piece of wood into the blade to make the cut. It is best to make an angle- cross-cut slowly so that you leave less wrong for error. Using a clamp is even better as the wood and miter gauge can stay in place.

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Wrap up

There’s much you can do with table saws; you’re not restricted to straight cuts. That is thanks to accessories such as a jig and a miter gauge.


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