By Pave Sellers

Like many woodworkers, my first stationary woodworking tool was a radial arm saw. I learned to make basic woodworking cuts on it and hacked my way through a number of beginner's projects. But it took up a lot of space in my cramped basement shop, and keeping it adjusted for precise cuts was a pain. As I acquired other basic woodworking machines, the radial arm saw began to take a backseat to them.

If I was setting up a shop today, I'd bypass the radial arm saw altogether and invest in one of the new sliding compound miter saws. These saws can perform most of the functions of a radial arm saw, while taking up less spacc. (See chart on page 42 for bench width required by different models.) They're simpler to keep adjusted and so compact and light (typically about 40 lbs.) that you can easily lift one up on a benchtop or throw one in your pickup truck for site work. (For a more permanent installation, sec Chop

Hitachi introduced the first of the current sliding compound miter saws in 1988 and it has since become the company's best-selling tool. These saws arc a refinement of the popular power miter saws, or "chop saws." Like chop saws, sliding compound miter saws have pivoting cutter-heads (motor and blade) that you plunge into the work-piece to make a cut. Also, with both types of saws you can turn and tilt the cutterhead to make miter, bevel and compound mitcr/bcvcl cuts with case.

But sliding compound miter saws have an added advantage. The cuttcrhead also slides on rails letting you cut much

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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