How To Cut Wide Boards with Miter Saw [2 Ways]

How To Cut Wide Boards with Miter Saw [2 Ways]

How To Cut Wide Boards with Miter Saw [2 Ways]

It can be frustrating when you want to make that crosscut and your Miter saw falls short for the board you need to cut.

Thankfully there are some easy but safe tricks you can use to cut wide boards with a miter saw.

In this guide, I'll show you several methods you can use to cut a wide board with a normal miter saw.

Things You'll Need

  • Miter Saw
  • Clamp
  • Speed Square

How to Cut Wide Boards with a Miter Saw

I'll be using a normal 10-inch miter saw to demonstrate these cuts on a 1x12 board.

The more expensive solution for cutting very wide boards is to use a sliding miter saw.

Method 1- Using a Stop Block

Place the wide board on the bed of the miter saw.

wide board for cutting on miter saw
wide board for cutting on miter saw

Using a speed square and a pencil mark your intended cut line.

marking the cut line with speed square and pencil
marking the cut line with speed square and pencil

Lower your miter saw blade and adjust the board until the blade falls on the cut line.

lowering miter saw blade to check if it falls on cut line
lowering miter saw blade to check if it falls on cut line

In fact, the blade should fall just next to the cut line, on the scrap side to account for the kerf loss.

Next, use a scrap piece of wood to make a stop block for the miter saw.

stop block for miter saw
stop block for miter saw

The stop block can be of any size really as long as it's thick enough.

Now place the stop block at the end of the board and clamp it to the miter saw fence.

fixing the stop block to the miter saw fence
fixing the stop block to the miter saw fence

The board should be resting firmly against the stop block.

board pressed firmly against the stop block
board pressed firmly against the stop block

Turn on the miter saw and make the cut along the cut line.

making the first cut on the wide board with miter saw
making the first cut on the wide board with the miter saw

As the board is wide compared to the miter saw blade size, only a part of the board would be cut as expected.

part of the board cut
part of the board cut

Next, turn off the miter saw, and flip the board.

Place the board again such that it is flush against the stop block.

board flipped and placed against the stop block
board flipped and placed against the stop block

Lower the miter saw blade and you'll see that it falls in the same line as before.

Turn on the miter saw and make the cut.

Due to the stop block being fixed, the cut will be straight.

With that step, the wide board cutting is complete using the miter saw.

wide board cut using miter saw
wide board cut using miter saw

This method essentially lets you cut double the width of the board you can normally cut with a miter saw.

Method 2- Placing another Board Underneath the Board to be Cut

You can use this method if your miter saw falls short by a couple of inches when cutting a wide board.

For very wide boards (like a 1x12 board), use method 1.

Place the board to be cut on the bed of the miter saw.

board placed on miter saw table
board placed on miter saw table

Make the cut as usual with the miter saw and say you fall short by an inch or two.

Keep another block of wood underneath the board to be cut to bring it closer to the blade.

a block of wood placed under the board for raising the board
a block of wood placed under the board for raising the board

Make sure the board underneath stops short of the groove for the blade to go in.

This will prevent the board underneath from being cut.

Mark the cut line on the board above using a speed square and pencil.

marking the cut line on the board
marking the cut line on the board

Lower the miter saw blade and adjust the board such that the blade aligns with the line of cut.

While keeping the boards firmly in place, turn on the miter saw and make the cut.

making the second cut with the board raised
making the second cut with the board raised

With that, you'll have completed cutting the wide board using a miter saw.

wide board cut using the miter saw
wide board cut using the miter saw

If you need the miter saw to cut even wider, place a thicker board or two boards underneath the board to be cut.

However, there is a limit to the extra width you can cut using this method.

But it's really useful when you just need a few extra inches of cutting width.

Safety Tips When Cutting a Wide Board with a Miter Saw

  • Always try to clamp the boards in place before cutting.
  • Do not lower the miter saw blade until the blade has reached its full speed.
  • After making the cut, raise the miter saw blade only after the blade has stopped spinning.
  • If the offcut piece is very small it can be thrown towards the user by the spinning blade. This is known as kickback.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can you cut very wide wood on a miter saw?

You can cut very wide wood on a miter saw by making the cut from one side and then flipping it to make the second cut. You need to use a stop block to ensure that the two cuts align with each other.

Can you cut a 2x12 with a miter saw?

You can cut a 2x12 with a miter saw in two steps. Making the first cut and then flipping it to make the second cut. Another option is to use a sliding miter saw.

Can a 10 inch miter saw cut a 4x4?

A 10-inch miter saw can cut a 4x4 in two steps. You need to make the first cut and then flip it to make the second cut.

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Hi! I'm Susan. I am passionate about DIY projects and dark chocolates! Welcome to Mellowpine. We play around with beginner woodworking projects, CNC for hobbyists, and general woodworking tips.

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Hi! I'm Susan. I am passionate about DIY projects and dark chocolates! Welcome to Mellowpine. We play around with beginner woodworking projects, CNC for hobbyists, and general woodworking tips.

If you'd like to connect with me or talk about something you like at mellowpine, drop me a mail at susan@mellowpine.com

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