Learning how to use a chop saw might seem like a challenging task, but it’s actually much simpler than it might seem. You by no means need to be a professional in order to properly use a chop saw, but practice does help. Even an amateur woodworker can learn to use a chop saw like a pro by observing some simple procedures.
First, you’re going to want to properly mark your board with a pencil. Trace out the dimensions of what you’re trying to accomplish, by marking every side of it with a pencil so you’re sure there’s no mistakes. Just lightly draw on where you need to cut, and how deep, so you can keep track of the cuts you’re making.
Then, line up the blade with where you want to cut. Ensure that the wood is positioned properly on the cutting surface, and that the edge of the blade is positioned on the marks you’ve made with the pencil. Remember, be careful when handling the wood near the blade, as the blade is still sharp even when it’s not in motion.
Then, get a firm grip on the back of the chop saw, ensuring that you have properly control of the handle. Be prepared for the first time you turn on the chop saw, it’s startlingly powerful sometimes. As the saw gets up to speed, slowly lower it onto the piece of wood, and press it down against the surface of it. There might be a bit of resistance, but don’t force the chop saw into the wood itself.
Let gravity do the work, and just keep it steady. A good practice is to leave a bit of extra wood on the end of your cut, to ensure that you don’t cut too deeply on the piece of wood. Remember; you can always cut more, but you can’t cut less. It’s better to have too much and to have to go back, rather than use a whole other piece of wood to finish the job with.
After that, you’re done! But remember, there are some precautions you want to take for proper usage of a best chop saw. Always, always keep your fingers, hands, and other appendages away from the blade, even while it’s not in motion. The blade is extremely sharp.
Be sure to use the chop saw on a stable, flat surface, so there’s no risk of it toppling. When you finish using the chop saw, make sure that you clean it off afterwards, to have a nice, safe surface for the next time that you use it. And when you’re done using the chop saw, be sure that you unplug it. There’s no reason to risk it turning on when you’re not around, and it helps keep it safe from people who might accidentally attempt to operate it. Remember, safety first when operating any sort of power tools. There’s no excuse for injury.