After you've set it up and are ready to run two pieces of scrap, take them to the saw of your choice and cut a 45 on both pieces, leaving a flat on the ends to ride against the fence or table.
You'll find that the cut will be easier without all that wood to hog off.
If everything tests out good, then 45 the work pieces, too.
'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton
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