Beginners'/women's Guide to Using a Miter Saw. Step 1: How to Unlock the thing!
Ladies! For two long years now I have had this dream of putting together an online course for women. The topic? Power Tools (insert manly grunts & growls here). No really. What I've found is that in order to save yourself money while creating a beautiful abode, you've got to know how to use some rather intimidating tools. Without this simple bit of knowledge, you will be very limited in what you can accomplish. Not only that, you will miss out on the sense of pride that only comes from tackling a DIY project.
So, the other day I was in the garage preparing to cut a board and a memory flashed into my brain. It was of the very fist time I ever attempted to use my husband's saw...by myself, without him anywhere around. I quickly became frustrated when I set it up, plugged it in, and realized that it was locked! Now, I realize this may not be the technical term for what I was experiencing, but we aren't all that technical around here, so just stick with me on this one. What I mean is that the arm of the saw was locked in a downward position. I knew it needed to be released/unlocked in order to cut, but I could not, for the life of me, figure out how. So, as I was standing there taking a stroll down memory lane, I thought, "Hey, that's a good place to start!". So here is your very basic introduction to learning how to use a miter (or chop) saw.
Step 1: how to unlock your miter saw
Ok, so now you know, and as my main man GI Joe says, "Knowing is half the battle".
Do you have a saw? If so, I have a challenge for you. Next time you pass by it. Take a second to check it out. Get to know it a little bit. I'm not suggesting you have a conversation with it or anything crazy like that. I'm just suggesting that you don't treat it like a big old Fall spider and skirt around it at all costs. What brand is it? Will the arm move? Or is it "locked"? Does it have a half circle around the front with a bunch of tiny marks and numbers? Do your homework and come back and let me know what you found. Tell me about your saw in the comments.