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Old 22nd October 2017, 11:52 AM   #1
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Hi all. I知 looking into getting the tools together to do a lot more projects around the house. Including things like loudspeaker cabinets - but I was reading and I知 having trouble understanding something.

Some cabinets require beveled edges 10-12 inches long at specific angles. I致e noticed most chop saws have around 7 inch capacity cutting at 90 degree miter. Does having a dual bevel allow you to make longer bevel cuts or is this really something that needs to be done on a table saw?

What are other suggestions? I知 currently looking at a 12 inch Makita people say is good. But is only single bevel and I知 wondering if I need to save my money for something else.
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Old 22nd October 2017, 12:09 PM   #2
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A sliding miter saw that allows the saw motor to tilt will do compound miters.

12 in. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System
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Old 22nd October 2017, 12:54 PM   #3
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A sliding miter saw that allows the saw motor to tilt will do compound miters.

12 in. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System
Thanks for this. As much as I like harbor freight for casual purchases though, I知 a little hesitant to try to buy a precision tool from there..
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Table saws come in compact, portable sizes as well.
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Old 22nd October 2017, 01:14 PM   #5
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I made a speaker with bevels on several edges that had to line up at the corners - which they did perfectly. I've also cut bevels on my build of Dave's Fonken speakers. All these bevels were at roughly 45degrees. In each case I used a hand-held disc saw with the base plate adjusted to the appropriate angle. I also clamp a strip of wood to the speaker to act as a guide for the base-plate of the saw to run along.
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Old 22nd October 2017, 02:20 PM   #6
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Table saws come in compact, portable sizes as well.
Portable table saw review | job site | benchtop | woodworking
Yes. Thanks. Actually the Bosch is the table saw I was going to get. I just wanted to make sure I wasn稚 missing something in how I understood the chop saw. I am getting the chop first and table second
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Old 22nd October 2017, 03:21 PM   #7
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I suggest looking into a track saw, a newer hybrid that I would buy if I did't have half a dozen table saws from 8-12". If you are going to stay with small boxes the slider will do, and also handle your trim cutting. I have the DeWalt, would buy the Bosch Glider. It does not require the space to the rear that the others do, so can be used on a bench or stand up against a wall.

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Old 22nd October 2017, 04:19 PM   #8
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This thread needs to be moved to construction tips. That said the problem with doing bevels, rabbets,or dados on a table saw is that plywood is warped and needs to be pressed securely to the table or the joints will be sloppy. I love my table saw and it's the most used tool in my shop however if I were just getting started and just wanted to build speaker boxes I would get a standard circular saw or a track saw (but $$) and a 1/2" router. That way you can clamp the plywood down to a workbench to flatten it as you work. You need the router to cut holes anyway.
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Old 22nd October 2017, 04:40 PM   #9
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The track saw is VERY useful for making cabinets.

It's difficult to break down a full sheet of plywood or MDF on a table saw, but a track saw makes it SO easy.

Also, if the wood is warped or the edges aren't straight you will get lousy results from a table saw.

Eventually you will want both, but buy the table saw last.
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One can diy a track saw with an existing circular saw though the base plate needs to be flat. Full sheets of ply/mdf and portable table saws do not mix well, and the bevel cut is a third dimension, or axis, that is surprisingly cranky.
Most vendors will cut sheet stock for a fee.
The table saw was the primary tool in the 20th century, though some went with a radial arm. Now: what Jimbro says.
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