Getting Started: Miter Saw Basics

As promised, here is the start to OPD's new "Getting Started" series.  (Yay!)  Believe it or not, this video has been done for a few months.  (I know, I know...)  I'm just now getting around to posting it.  It's kind of weird looking back, actually.  I'm a lot thinner now... and my hair is now blonde... and shorter... and I'm wearing a sweatshirt, which would not be a good idea right now at the end of May.  Anyway, yes.  A long time ago.  My apologies.  Please don't judge me.  Or my really terrible acting abilities.  I am much more comfortable behind the camera. I meet so many people, particularly women, who get so excited and intrigued by the idea of building but have no idea where to start.  I don't know about you guys, but I took dance and film classes as my electives in high school, not Woodworking 101.  So, I'm hoping that these videos can show you exactly how easy it is to use tools and make beautiful furniture for less.  (And maybe make using a saw a little less scary.) The first tool we're starting with is the Miter Saw, mostly because it's the safest and most easy to use.  It ensures exact, straight cuts on dimensional lumber and is probably the quickest method of cutting.  I've built several pieces of furniture using only a miter saw, and it's a great one to start with if you've never used a saw before.

4 Replies to “Getting Started: Miter Saw Basics”

  1. Love this! Stoked about this series. I still have loads I need to learn.

    Also: Let’s build more things together. I’ll be moving in August and I have some things I’d like for my apartment, including (but not limited to) a sidebar for booze. Let’s chat 😀

  2. Great article! I know I have always been scared of the miter saw because of how loud they are. I guess I never really considered using any type of hearing protection while working with tools because we never had this available at the fire house. Thank you for the articles!

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