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post #1 of 12 Old 06-24-2017, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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sliding miter saw safety

I have a 7 1/4" Ridgid sliding miter saw. The hold-down works for pieces 5 1/4" and longer. I often work with smaller pieces and have used another piece of wood to "sort of" work, but not really.

Anyway, does someone make a hold-down with a longer arm?

Is there another solution? Would I be stupid to drill a hole in the base of the saw and anchor a clamp closer to the blade?

I really, really don't want to put my fingers there.

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post #2 of 12 Old 06-24-2017, 02:02 PM
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The safest way to cross cut small pieces like that is to use a table saw and sled, preferably with a hold down clamp.


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Thanks, Terry

But, alas, I don't own a table saw and, for reasons not relevant here, will not be buying one.

I do have friends with...
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There's still the good old standby handsaw and miter box.. old technology, but it works.

I figured it's time to change my signature so hold your breath. This is it.
Impressive, huh?
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Without knowing the exact workings of your saw it is difficult to know just what to recommend.

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Fastcap makes a hold down for miter saws -- it is called a 10 Million Dollar Stick, and it runs for $14.95 ...

I don't have one, but it is on my list to get one.
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short pieces and miter saws .......

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But, alas, I don't own a table saw and, for reasons not relevant here, will not be buying one.

I do have friends with...
Short pieces and miter saws do NOT play well together. If the pieces are the same width you can make a channel to slid them into.

If there is not a safe way to cut these, you have the wrong tool and would be well advised to spend the money and get a tablesaw. If you lose any fingers using the miter saw.....the expense would be trivial in comparison to the hospital bills and other disabilities. You can buy used and sell it afterward.

A photo of your pieces and your setup would give us a better idea of what to recommend. You came here seeking advice, you were given good advice, now you need to do your part.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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Thanks, all.

This illustration from the $10m stick ad shows someone doing what I had in mind. As someone who is not comfortable with power tools bigger than a Dremel (and not always comfortable with that), I was looking for a way to not be holding the piece even indirectly, but this may be a solution.

And keeping, all purpose's words in mind, hand-sawing some of the cuts is a nice break from using power.

You're right, Woodnthings. Pieces go flying even with a 60-tooth blade.

Again, thanks for your help. If I come up with something I think may work I'll come back and show you =before= trying it out.

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Here's my solution. The wood is hard maple. Let me know if I've erred. It seems to work well.
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looks good, but .....

If you are making many cuts at a specific angle, why not cut that same angle on the blade end of your hold down. One end can be square across for 90 degree cuts, the other end can be angled, just turn it around for the cut you need!

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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Thanks! I make a lot of hexagonal and octagonal boxes.

I could probably make another on of these with a 30 degree cut on one half of one end and a 22.5 on the other...
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That is a great solution! I may have to steal that idea. Thanks!
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