Clamp Before Cutting Angles
Tape Before You Mark
When cutting dark wood or laminate, mark your cutting line on masking tape rather than directly on the workpiece. You’ll be able to see your line easier, and in some cases—like when you’re cutting hardwood plywood—the masking tape can minimize splintering.
Safe = Accurate
What do earmuffs, safety glasses and dust masks have to do with cutting accurately? Well, it’s tough to watch the cutting line with your eyes squinting and blinking through a storm of sawdust. And let’s face it: Protection against noise, dust and splinters will make you more comfortable and more patient—and less likely to make a sloppy rush through the cut.