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Once you've made a good amount of cuts on your chop saw, your abrasive disc starts to get smaller.  Have you swapped out your chop saw abrasive disc to make a 45 degree miter cut, after you found it didn't completely sever the cut, even though the disc had plenty of life left in it for 0 degree cuts?  I'll show you an easy trick on how you can get more 45 degree miter cuts out of your abrasive discs! 

Step 1: Get the work to the disc

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Like I said, very simple.  Just move the piece to be cut under the blade.  You can do this by taking a scrap piece of square tube and putting it in the vice.  Make sure you use a square tube, that isn't flimsy or bent, so it doesn't pop out when cutting.  This is most helpful when going back and forth between making 45 degree cuts and 0 degree cuts, so you don't have to move the back, or "fixed" jaw of the vice.
I do most all of my metal work, and woodwork at TechShop in Menlo Park.  If you haven't been to a TechShop before, check one out.  Go to www.techshop.com to see if there is one close by to you.  This is my chop saw that I have at home.  When I use the chop saw at TechShop, the back jaw is on a slot, so it makes adjustments super easy!
Well, I hope this helps someone!  I thought it was pretty cool, and saved me a bunch of time on my last project!

wilwrk4tls3 years ago
The same principle works on a miter saw, too. If you have molding or something that your saw just barely doesn't cut through, put a block of wood underneath it to elevate the piece you want to cut.
Burnt Metal (author)  wilwrk4tls3 years ago
Thanks for the tip!
beton783 years ago
Burnt Metal (author)  beton783 years ago