How to Cut Trim With Miter Saw

cutting-trim-with-miter-saw You may not think this is a big deal, but it’s important to know how to cut trim with a miter saw. This blog post will show you exactly what you need to do and the steps needed for success.


Steps to Cut Trim With Miter Saw

1 Step

Make sure safety is your first concern. This is a saw that can cause serious injury if used improperly or without paying close attention to what you are doing. Make sure you handle this tool with great care and respect for its capabilities of removing appendages from your body. If you are not an experienced saw user, try practicing on scrap materials before taking on your project.

2 Step

Make sure you have the right blade for the task. A medium-duty miter saw blade will not perform or match a heavy-duty miter or crosscut saw blade when trying to cut trim.

3 Step

Mount the trim to be cut in the clamps of the miter saw. The clamps should hold it securely but not force it flat against the fence. Adjust the angle that you need for cutting and lock in place with the wing nut or knob.

4 Step

Determine where to start cutting by lining up one edge of your material with one side of the blade protruding from its housing. Make sure when you do this that you sight down so there is no gap between your material and blade once both are lined up together. Once everything is aligned, switch on your saw and slowly bring up the blade. If done properly, you will have a nice clean cut at the start of your material that will serve as a guide for the rest of your cut.

5 Step

Remember, the blade will start out fully hidden behind the material. You will not be able to see it at first. Cut about halfway through your material using the edge of your board as a guide until you have enough room to peek around and locate where the saw’s blade is in relation to the cut line you’ve chosen. The best thing to do is take advantage of our position on top of things and look down and over towards yourself and look up slightly so that you can get the angle right for this particular cut. Keep an eye on where your blade ends up once it’s fully exposed again.

6 Step

Once you’ve got a good idea of where everything is, go ahead and finish cutting all along your marked lines until you’re done.

7 Step

Sand the edges. Once you’ve cut everything, give your edges some love with sandpaper (or if you had access to these awesome wood files, use them instead).

Why It’s Better to Use Miter Saw to Cut Tim?

The main reason is that using a miter saw to cut trim provides better results than using other tools. Even though the same quality of cut may be achieved with another tool, there are some reasons why you should opt for a miter saw. The first one is safety. Since trimming materials require angled cuts, you risk making mistakes if you do not use adequate equipment to make those cuts accurately. Using power tools also enhances your productivity and guarantees high-quality workmanship in less time, therefore, reducing the cost of materials used.

What Type of Blade to Use to Cut Trim With Miter Saw?

There are several types of blades available but the best ones are called carbide-tipped saw blades because they are very durable. They should be used with different types of materials that can be cut using a miter saw. This type usually has teeth that are sharpened with tiny particles of Tungsten Carbide, which is harder than steel. Such teeth help you to make clean cuts in different types of trim. Also, these blades have anti-vibration systems so the noise is reduced when it makes contact with the material being cut.


Now that you know how to cut trim with a miter saw, what are your plans for the weekend? This is one of those handy skills that will come in handy time and time again. Whether it’s building shelves or making window frames, this easy-to-master skill can help make your DIY projects even more awesome! Remember to always maintain safe practices when using any power tools like the miter saw. Be sure to wear safety goggles at all times while working with wood products and use clean hands if they get dirty during the process.

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