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Stick's suggestion that you make a rough cut, then use a miter trimmer is how I now make miters, particularly for picture frames. A clamp is also a good idea, and full kerf blades that are less likely to deflect than thin kerf. When you use the miter trimmer (pictured), you see just how much a blade deflection affects a miter corner.

This is a Grizzley miter trimmer. Wife gave it to me to make frames for her art. Be really careful of the blade, it will slice a finger right off if you try to lift it by the blade opening. It has a small handle to lift with welded to the framework. About $190. Miter Trimmer | Grizzly Industrial It also has accessory wings with a stop to help support the cuts and cut equal lengths.

Trims ends glass smooth both perfect 45 and 90 degree trims. Just trim lightly, about 1/32 nd to 1/16th. Thicker trims don't turn out as well. Did I mention keep your fingers away from the blades!!!! I mounted it on a sheet of ply and put steel handles at the balance point.
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I thought what he meant was to turn the miter gauge around in the slot. That gives better control if you are trying to miter something fairly wide.

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I thought what he meant was to turn the miter gauge around in the slot. That gives better control if you are trying to miter something fairly wide.
That is what I had imagined too,Chuck, and it sent shivers up my spine to think about pulling a cut through the back of the saw.
I always use he left side of the saw to do everything. Only occasionally will I rip or Crosscut on the right side. But I see Utube vids where others do just the opposite, they rip on the left side of the blade ans also cross cut the same.

One time a wood worker came to my shop and wanted me to help them with their box joints and they cut them from right to left. I always cut mine from left to right.

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I use the left side miter slot too, with the head tilted to the right. I can see using the other slot if you're mitering something like a picture frame molding and can't flip the part upside down to cut the opposite hand miter. I don't know about other brands, but Delta's miter gauge comes with tapped holes in the top of the fence on the head and the outer end of the bar for an accessory clamp.
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I've always used the pull method. But I can see where the push is safer. Using a clamp would be the best.
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To my joiners' mind the best way is to use a mitre saw - on which there is far less chance of the material moving the wrong way, especially if a length stop is fitted. If it must be done on a table saw then I suppose I'd opt for a mitre fence with a length stop and cut from the inside edge to the outside on the grounds that any spelching on the outside is going to be less noticeable and easier to disguise than it would be on the inside, where flaws are generally more immediately apparent
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I can use my Bosch sliding miter for the rough cuts, but even slight errors add up on picture frames, which is why I use the trimmer. It is also very good for making face frames because you get a perfect and flat 90 degree cut. The Bosch is very close to perfect, and with a good blade in it, does a good job. Not sure how a cheapie (HF) would do.

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Hi, your best bet is to not use the miter gauge at all and just spend an hour or less and build a very quick cross-cut sled. You don't have to make a fancy cross-cut sled, but once you start using a cross-cut sled you will very rarely use your miter gauge. The cross-cut sled is:
safer to use
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more accurate to use
Go out to Youtube and find a simple cross-cut sled to make.
Later if you want you can make a very fancy cross-cut sled. I use a sled for cutting miters, exactly 90 degree cuts and just cutting. I almost never use my miter gauge.
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Mike; for sure the OEM miter gauges aren't precision tools, at least the ones I've seen/used.
But some of the 3rd party ones are really a major improvement (over the OEM ones).
I keep meaning to build a sled but for panels I'd rather just use my circ. saw and a straightedge
I just don't have the space in my garage to swing 8' sheets. The small stuff, well that's why I bought the Osbourne EB-3.
https://www.sharpen-up.com/best-mite...icks-for-2017/
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Mike; for sure the OEM miter gauges aren't precision tools, at least the ones I've seen/used.
But some of the 3rd party ones are really a major improvement (over the OEM ones).
I keep meaning to build a sled but for panels I'd rather just use my circ. saw and a straightedge
I just don't have the space in my garage to swing 8' sheets. The small stuff, well that's why I bought the Osbourne EB-3.
https://www.sharpen-up.com/best-mite...icks-for-2017/
I am drooling again after looking at that,Dan.
Makes my V27 look kind of puny

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