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How To Cut Accurate Miters Easily Even on Non-Square Corners

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Cut Perfect Miters to Fit Irregular Corners and Angles with a Miter Gauge That Also Saves Time and Materials

Save time figuring for miter joints and prevent material waste resulting when a miter joint does not fit properly. Exchanging that T-bevel and protractor for the miter gauge demonstrated here will let you measure, calculate and convert angles to miter saw settings, and improve your productivity in a single step. All that is left is cutting the perfect miter.

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placing the legs of the miter gauge against the work angle
Step 1

Position the Tool against the Work and Read the Setting

Place the legs of the adjustable tool against the work angle and read the setting for the miter saw, as indicated by the red arrow. The angle is already converted to the correct setting--in this demo, 38 degrees.

setting the miter saw 38 degrees left
Step 2

Adjust the Miter Saw to the Left and Right Settings

Adjust the miter saw left 38 degrees and cut one side of the miter joint. Readjust the miter saw right to 38 degrees and cut the other side of the joint.

fitting molding together in a perfect miter joint
Step 3

Position Pieces over the Work Angle in a Perfect Joint

Align the mitered end of the pieces of molding together on top of the corner or outside work angle. They join in a perfect miter joint as determined with the miter gauge.

positioning to measure an inside corner angle
Step 4

Place the Tool to Measure an Inside Angle

Open the tool so that it fits into an inside angle and place the legs flat against each wall. In this demonstration, the setting on the miter saw will be 41 degrees.

fitting together a perfectly-mitered crown-molding joint
Step 5

Adjust the Miter Saw and Cut the Molding

Set the miter saw to 41 degrees left and cut the first piece of crown molding in the demonstration, then readjust to 41 degrees right for the second piece. Join the pieces for the inside work angle.

measuring for a wide baseboard bevel cut
Step 6

Use the Tool to Measure for a Wide Baseboard Bevel

Prepare to cut a wide baseboard by measuring the work angle with the tool and then setting the miter saw for a bevel cut at the angle indicated.

mitering one end of a flooring plank
Step 7

Measure for Single-angle Cuts for the Ends of Flooring Planks

Use the tool to measure in corners for single angle cuts like those on the ends of flooring planks. For that purpose, read the setting on the inside scale on the miter gauge.

examining the mini-model of the miter gauge
Step 8

Use the Full-size or Mini-model of the Miter Gauge

Choose either the full-size or mini-version of this miter gauge. The smaller version works identically to the first, but is small enough to fit in a back pocket or a tool belt.

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