Finding the best miter saw is very easy

Miter saw can be easily found in a professional woodshop. Not only professional woodworker, the best miter saw is also used by hobbyists. You can see different people using miter saws on carpentry shops as well as construction job sites. The best part is that there are different types of saws that are available in the market. You can buy the right type of equipment as per your requirement and work accordingly.

Some of the popular miter saw brands are Bosch, Makita, Dewalt and King. These can be used for crown moulding or for cutting the cabinet trim. Saws with multiple features are also available and you can even buy the different make or model. Let us try to find more about the miter saw and how easy it is to buy the right equipment for the job.

Advantages of the best compound miter saw

  • The foremost advantage offered by the best compound miter saw is that it is available with multiple features, designs and variations. Hence, it is very important to choose the right one for your work so that you can work in an effective way and are able to get maximum performance out of your work.
  • The second important advantage offered by compound miter saw is that the stock can be kept stationary and it makes it a lot easier for you to crosscut bigger wood pieces. It is safer and you don’t have to use a table saw separately. Not only it helps in saving time but you are also able to achieve accurate results.

Important points to keep in mind before purchasing best compound miter saw

  • The first and the main point to keep in mind are to either opt for fixed saw or sliding saw. The best sliding compound miter saw can prove to be helpful while cutting large material, whereas the fixed saw is good for framing walls or cutting lumber.
  • The fixed compound miter saws are relatively lighter as compared to the sliding ones and you can carry it along with you while moving from one location to another. Though you can also carry the sliding saw also but it is little heavier.

How these miter saws are categorized?

  • You can easily categorize the miter saws by their blade size. It is the blade size which is responsible for making the depth of the cut which is either 90 degrees or 45 degrees. Keep this important point in mind that 10 inch and 12 inch compound saws are the most popular among wood workers.
  • Apart from know about the dimensions, you can also categorize them according to the capacity. Bigger projects need big saws whereas smaller projects such as DIY can be easily accommodated with smaller saws. The choice is yours and you should always make sure that the best choice is made.

Once you are fully aware about these important points, it becomes easier for you to find the best miter saw for your work. Not only you will be able to get the best tool for the job but will also be able to complete the task with precision and accurate results.

How to fill a good-sized room: but first: a few words on buying furniture

NATE BERKUS–DESIGNER OF HOMES LARGE AND SMALL, FRIEND OF OPRAH, AND HOST OF THE NATE BERKUS SHOW (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS)–ON HOW TO BUY A ROOMFUL OF COMFORTABLE FURNITURE THAT REFLECTS YOUR SENSE OF STYLE

YOUR STYLE IS MODERN

KEY WORDS: Streamlined, minimalist, steel

COUCH: Look for a well-made L-shaped couch from one of the big furniture-design houses in Italy. Tufty-Time from B&B Italia is a comfortable, really stylish exampie. Tufty-Time sofa ($14,167) by B&B Italia.

CHAIRS: Go for a pair of mid-century chairs from a legendary designer like Milo Baughman. You can find them on eBay, 1stdibs.com, or at one of the high-end reproduction shops. Lounge chairs ($1,800 for the pair) at wright-now.com.

COFFEE TABLE: I’d opt for something a little bit more rustic, like a raw piece of wood on an iron base, that will add some contrast to the other furniture in the room. Slab coffee table (prices vary) by BDDW.

LIGHTING: Forget about side tables and table lamps; instead, a good standing floor lamp, like the Arco, a sixties classic, is just what you want. Arco floor lamp ($2,696) by Design Within Reach.

THE EXTRA 10 PERCENT:

Place a chest of drawers against one wail in the room, and then hang a framed black-and-white photograph above it.

YOUR STYLE IS TRADITIONAL

KEYWORDS: Wood, patterns, textures

COUCH: An English roll-arm sofa in natural linen will never go out of style. I have one in my apartment in Chicago, and I’ve had it for fifteen years. No matter what changes around it, it always looks good. English roll-arm sofa (from $2,415) by Restoration Hardware.

CHAIRS: Look for a pair of vintage French club chairs. I’d start on eBay or 1stdibs.com, and if you can’t find something in your price range, everyone from Ralph Lauren Home to Pottery Barn makes new (but vintage-looking) ones. Prices vary.

COFFEE TABLE: Just as you’re mixing up styles and genres with the modern coffee table, this is where you can lighten things up with a glass (or glass-covered) coffee table. Jonathan cocktail table ($2,195) by Jayson Home & Garden.

LIGHTING: The key to this style is to line your walls with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. So for lighting, I like brass articulated-arm sconces that can be built into the shelves. Chelsea swing-arm sconce (from $79) by Pottery Barn.

THE EXTRA 10 PERCENT:

For the shelves, paint them either a semigloss black, a British racing green, or even a dark navy.

YOUR STYLE IS …

KEYWORDS: Contemporary, comfortable, eclectic

COUCH: I’d go with a tuxedo-style couch–that means the arms and the back are all the same height. It’s classic and contemporary, masculine and sophisticated. Maddox sofa ($1,399) by Room & Board.

CHAIRS: Pick up some traditional upholstered club chairs in chocolate velvet. The soft hand of the material is extremely comfortable, and they’re timeless. Knoles chair ($1,495) by Jayson Home & Garden.

COFFEE TABLE: Try contrasting the traditional items with a contemporary item like a Mies van der Rohe coffee table. Barcelona table (from $1,433) by Knoll.

THE EXTRA 10 PERCENT:

This style is all about the idea of a well-traveled room. That means draping some textiles from different places you’ve visited over the back of your couch. Or you can make pillows out of the things you’ve collected on your travels. That’s how you add personality.

ESQ HOME: LIVING ROOM

WHAT TO DO WITH AN ODDLY SIZED ROOM

(IT’S TINY)

Forget about buying a whole bunch of small furniture, which tends to just make things look more cluttered. Instead, you should buy the largest couch you can fit against the longest wall, and then the largest, most comfortable chair to go across (or diagonal) from it. You can then opt for a smaller coffee table or go without one altogether. This fills the space and might actually make it look bigger rather than smaller.

(IT’S HUGE)

Get creative and divide the room into zones based on purpose. You can use a dining-room table piled with books and one chair as a desk; you can have multiple seating areas; you can have a dedicated bar area. Try checking out books of European castles and English country houses to see how they divvied up their enormous rooms.

THE QUICK TIP

Your couch should be either all the way on your rug or three quarters off of it (i.e., just the first quarter of the couch on the rug).

THE (COUCH) UPGRADES

THAT COUCH YOU’RE SITTING ON–THE ONE WITH THE STAINS AND CRA TERED CUSHIONS? TIME FOR AN UPGRADE. NATE BERKUS BREAKS DOWN YOUR OPTIONS.

YOU HAVE: AN OLU UPHOLSTERED, OVERSTUFFED COUCH

The upgrade: A roll-arm natural-linen couch. I like this one from Restoration Hardware, but you can look for other options. English roll-arm sofa (from $2,415) by Restoration Hardware.

YOU HAVE: A BEAT-UP LEATHER COUCH

The upgrade: A vintage English Chesterfield tufted leather couch transcends trends, but you can also find new versions of the style, too. Triple Old Fashioned sofa ($4,795) by the Esquire Home Collection.

YOU HAVE: A FAVORITE FUTON

The upgrade: Since it’s not really possible to have a nice futon–sorry–I would upgrade to a couch bed. Avery Boardman makes the best ones–the quality of the mattress is like sleeping on a regular bed. Sofa (from $6,000) by Avery Boardman.

AND REMEMBER: Buy the best-made couch you can afford in the simplest possible fabric. You might like some strong pattern today, but after a few years, you’ll get tired of it. And while you’re shopping around, ask if the couch has eight-way hand-tied springs and whether the wood in the frame has been kiln dried. If the answer to both questions is yes, that is a well-made couch.–N. B.

THE ONLY RUG YOU REALLY NEED Unless you’re lucky enough to have inherited some amazing Persian carpets, the best thing you can buy is a rug woven from a natural fiber like jute, sea grass, or coir. A neutral color–something the color of a brown paper lunch bag–will work with any of the above styles and hide all kinds of wear and tear. Sea-grass rug ($29 to $349) by Pottery Barn.–N. B.

WHERE TO LAY IT ALL OUT

FIRST, BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF ABOUT HOW YOU’RE GOING TO USE THE SPACE: IS THIS WHERE YOU’RE WATCHING TV, OR IS IT A PLACE WHERE YOU WANT TO SIT AROUND AND TALK? PROCEED ACCORDINGLY.

GOOD FOR TV: Couch faces the television, coffee table in front of it, chairs facing each other on either side. You don’t make any bones about the TV as the organizing principle of the room, with the couch front and center and both chairs positioned near the screen.

GOOD FOR CONVERSATION: Couch is perpendicular to the television, chairs positioned next to each other and directly across from the couch. The people sitting in the chairs can speak easily, and the whole setup feels more intimate.–N.B.

THE QUICK TIP

If you’re looking to fill an empty wall, Exhibition A is a new “members-only” Web site that sells limited-edition works by serious contemporary artists for a few hundred bucks. It’s great art at a great price.

(Consider Asian style? Click here)

1 dream porch 19 real ideas: Asian-inspired details turn this entryway into an eclectic outdoor living room.

(1) Painted wooden chairs frame the door and give you a place to sit while reading a book–or the next time you get locked out. They look amazing as is, or you can add neutral cushions for some extra padding (just go for ones in weather-resistant materials). Side chair by Kenian Imports, $263; stacksandstacks.com.

(2) A yellow wire birdcage is the perfect why-not detail. Hang it up, or stick it on the ground amidst the greenery. Colias birdcage, $99.95; crateandbarrel.com.

(3) Place potted plants on both sides of the porch for a fresh, greenhouse-y effect. This little guy is really low-maintenance; you’d have to work pretty hard to kill him! Rhipsalis Trailing in 3-quart ceramic tabletop planter, $53; lowes.com.

(4) Why should your living room have all the fun? Liven things up on the other side of your front door with arty prints that are made to withstand the elements. This one is light, supereasy to hang, and won’t mildew after some summer rain. Flower Dance 1 24×24-inch outdoor print by Jaquiel, $99.99; outdoorart.com.

Designer tips

(5) Use upholstery outside as long as you re careful about fabric: Acrylic fibers are more resistant to moisture and mold. (6) Finish off your door with an old-fashioned knocker and interesting brass details, like these funky hands that double as hooks. (7) Play with contrasting colors like red and green (as Bowles did here) or blue and yellow. One bright focal point can inspire an entire space. (8) Mix in a geometric pattern–like this great oriental-style rug–that picks up the colors of the wall and door paint without looking matchy. (9) Old planters will fit into the mix if you give them a makeover with bright spray paint.

 

 

 

 

(10) A ceramic stool adds a nice shot of texture. Porcelain garden stool, $66; pearlriver.com.

(11) Such a fun detail: Stick this birdie on a table or perch him on a pot. Bluebird, $4.99 for 3; orientaltrading.com.

(12) An Arts and Crafts-style light has that cool, Northern California look. Royce Ughting 1-light flushmount, $62; Iowes.com.

(13) At 20 bucks, this is the cheapest (and cutest) seat in the house. Foldable wooden camp stool, $19.50; pearlriver.com.

(14) A yellow vase holds flowers from your garden … or that sorry-for-being-an-idiot bouquet from your guy. 41/2×9-inch bubble glass cylinder, $7.99; jamaligarden.com.

(15) Hang this plaque–with its gorgeous architectural detail- -on the wall as an alternative to art. Elmwood Longevity wall plaque, $149; chinafurniture online.com.

(16) Originally designed for fish, this actually makes an awesome planter. 14-inch cherry blossom porcelain fishbowl, $89; orientalfurniture.com.

(17) Place a votive in this lantern and get a pretty, the-party’s-in-here glow. 35-inch Casablanca lantern, $49.95; zgallerie.com.

(18) A vintage-looking pillow cover that can survive the weather: smart! Cote D’Azur French tile outdoor pillow cover, $69; restorationhardware.com.

(19) Make the space feel homey with an outdoor rug that even your kids can’t stain. Surya Rain collection RAI 1058 3×5-foot outdoor rug, $160; rugsusa.com.

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Travelling north

There’s more to Lindfield’s latest restaurant than its humble name implies, says Scott Bolles. Food & Plonk 366 Pacific Highway, Lindfield The place In many ways the upper North Shore is like a masterly piece of Communist central planning. The housing is good, the streets are clean, there is little serious crime, and its restaurants are shared equally among the suburbs. While the rest of Sydney has to face the parking problems of driving to a congested dining hub, the upper North Shore’s new generation of restaurants are scattered along the Pacific Highway like evenly spaced beacons for aircraft on a northerly approach.

Pymble has Lothar’s and Tables, Gordon Et cetra, Roseville Jezebel, and now Lindfield has its own, Food & Plonk. While the Mexican restaurant that once occupied this site hid from the highway like a sangria speakeasy, Food & Plonk has opened up the space with a wall of glass and bright lighting. You can’t buy advertising like this. Cars waiting at the lights spy a packed restaurant on a Wednesday night – a crowd of 35- to 55-year-olds crammed above polished Canadian maple in a modern space of chocolate brown banquettes, off-white walls and smart laminex-topped tables. To begin Food & Plonk offers all its entrees in main course sizes, sensibly listing prices for both on the menu. A generous serve of Tasmanian scallops (two to the shell) arrives with a topping of wasabi hollandaise has and has been finished off under the salamander, giving it a dark crust. There is little kick to the hollandaise despite the addition of wasabi – which I suspect is only a light sprinkling of its powdered form – with a finish stronger in lemon than the green horseradish. But the dish is agreeable (and large enough to share), with plump scallops and a friendly rather than threatening hollandaise.

Another entree combining tomato, asparagus and tofu isn’t as well balanced: the tofu undergrilled and a coriander vinaigrette faint, providing more of an Exxon Valdez slick than a refreshing lift to the otherwise fresh produce. Main event You can forgive a slight over-roasting of guinea fowl when the dish offers so much elsewhere. Flavours aren’t forced on top of each other on the plate, and the dish leans heavily on its platform of rich jus – a combination of well-constructed stock, polished with a challenging shiraz finish. A complementary mix of leek and “wild mushrooms” rounds off the dish, the woodsy-fruity flavour of shiitake blending in with delicate oyster mushrooms and boisterous buttons. There isn’t the same satisfaction with grilled Atlantic salmon, the piece small enough to warrant being thrown back in.

The disappointment is compounded when it also turns out to have been over-acquainted with heat, a mountain of sundried tomato chutney out-muscling it in power and volume. The tempo of the dish is restored with a smart black truffle pesto, which rustles the stubborn flavours into a manageable collective. To finish Sticky date pudding has survived longer on the North Shore than anywhere else, chiefly because they do it better. Food & Plonk doesn’t do a sticky date, but there is a rather impressive-looking warm chocolate and macadamia nut pudding. It’s lighter than most puddings, offering occasional rather than regular macadamia sightings through the centre with a rich dark sauce over the top. I like the vanilla bean icecream, but the dimensions of the dish are askew: the pudding a large dry mountain of cake.

Elsewhere the balance of lime and mango in a brulee is spot on and the toffee crust temptingly crunchy. The judgment There’s more to Lindfield’s newest restaurant than, well, food and plonk. There’s no doubting the wine list is clever and the food a great leap forward for the suburb, but it is slick service and buzz (particularly downstairs) that really sets it apart from its competition. There are only a couple of complaints. If you’re going to have a view into the kitchen you should be watching the chef at work, not the kitchenhand up to his elbows in scraps, and the prices are a couple of dollars more than you’d pay at comparable restaurants in other parts of town. The dish combinations and portion sizes can be erratic, but Food & Plonk has successfully transplanted a city formula into the suburbs. Good service, smart design. We need more of them. HH 1/2 What was tried y Tasmanian scallops, English spinach and wasabi hollandaise ($13.80) y Grilled tofu, asparagus, tomato and coriander vinaigrette ($12.80) y Roasted breast of guinea fowl, leek and wild mushrooms ($19.50) y Grilled Atlantic salmon with sundried tomato chutney and black truffle pesto ($22.50) y Warm chocolate and macadamia nut pudding ($8.50) y Mango and lime brulee ($8.50) The details Phone: 9416 5026 Parking: Street parking, Coles carpark at rear Liquor status: Licensed, BYO (wine only) $5/bottle Hours: noon-3pm Tue-Fri; 6pm-10pm Tue-Sun Cards: AE, BC, MC, VC Seats: 90 Cost: About $85 for two (three courses), plus drinks Owner/Chef: Reiner Felix

Design Forum (2)

C SURF PRESCRIPTIONS

OLD SCHOOL TWIN

DIMENSIONS: 5’10” x 21″ x 2 1/2″

  

THE SKINNY: Whether in or out of style, the Old School Twin is easy to ride and works in everything. Order it clear, with a painted sand finish, a resin color gloss and polish, or something like this resin color bottom inlaid art piece by Steve Fawley. Follow @dochboc on Instagram.

 

D WAVEJET

BIG GUY TRI

DIMENSIONS: 7’1″ x 21″ x 3.13″

 

THE SKINNY: Designed for riders of all sizes, this Wave Jet model performs in any conditions. The extra length and buoyancy of the board allows riders to catch waves far outside where they would normally paddle.

 

E XANADU

HYDRA

DIMENSIONS: 5’11” x 19.5″ x 2.4″

THE SKINNY: This board goes fast, has incredible drive, and is easy to ride in small waves. Think of the small days where you might do the Huntington Hop, but still want to rip and don’t want to ride a fish … this is where the Hydra comes into play.

F ANDRUS SURFBOARDS

MOTU FLYER

SHAPER: Chuck Andrus

DIMENSIONS: 5’8″ x 19 3/4″ x 2 3/8″

CONSTRUCTION: EPXII Epoxy

FINS: 5-fin FCS Fusion

THE SKINNY: Thumb tail for vertical and in-the-pocket fun. Epoxy strength with lightweight, easy-in low-entry rocker, single- to double-bottom.

 

A BESSELL SURFBOARDS

BESSELL ARTIST SERIES–ANDY WARHOL

DESIGNER: Tim Bessell

DIMENSIONS: 6’10” x 20″ x 2.5″

FINS: Quad, Thruster

 

THE SKINNY: This asymmetrical is the iconic Warhol Collection by Tim Bessell. This board is one of a limited edition series of Warhol/ Bessell surfboards.

 

B NINJA SURFBOARDS

PEANUT

SHAPER: Alex Nguyen

DIMENSIONS: 4′ x20 1/2″ x2 3/4″

FINS: Single, Twin, Quad, or Bonzer

 

THE SKINNY: Your shortest small-wave board, it can be surfed in up to head-high waves. The wide outline and large surface area help generate speed and gives it a skate-feel

 

C LIB TECH SURFBOARDS

VERT

SHAPER: Mike Olson and Jeff Henderson

DIMENSIONS: 5’8″ – 6’8″

THE SKINNY: For precise high-performance surfing in high-performance waves. Pulled nose, square thumb-tail, and increased rocker. Meant to be ridden at standard lengths and widths.

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Design Forum (1)

A AJW SURFBOARDS

POTATO MUNCHER

SHAPER: Adam Warden

DIMENSIONS: 5’9″ x 19.2″ x2.3″

FINS: 5-fin FCS Fusion

THE SKINNY: This is the board everyone’s been freaking out about. Originally designed for barrels, we’ve widened the hip, tweaked the rail line with shortboard features and adjusted the volume. Not a novelty board, but the most versatile design you can ask for.

 

B FCD/PATAGONIA

KRAKEN

SHAPER: Fletcher Chouinard

DIMENSIONS: 7’2″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 7/16″ (available 6’8″ to 8’0″)

FINS: Thruster

THE SKINNY: Shaped and tested by Fletcher Chouinard and Kohl Christensen. Hollow, powerful reef and beachbreaks are where these boards come alive. Narrow and foiled out to provide control at high speed. Keeps you confident and out of trouble when it matters.

 

C FIBERGLASS HAWAII

IT’S UP TO YOU!

THE SKINNY: Fiberglass Hawaii carries the largest selection of U.S. Blanks. From shortboards to longboards, we’ve got it all. Shaping tool kits are available and blanks start at $55. Follow @fiberglasshawaii on Instagram and check out Facebook.com/fiberglasshawaii for more.

D FIREWIRE SURFBOARDS

JACKNIFE

SHAPER: Nev Hyman

DIMENSIONS: 6’2″ x 20″ x 2.5″ Vol. 33.3L

 

THE SKINNY: Our newest high-performance hybrid, boasting a contemporary foil and rocker for vertical, in-the-pocket ripping. Carries a fairly wide wing swallow and provides a longer “effective rail” when you need it, but still turns short and snappy between power arcs. Ride it 2 inches shorter than your standard shortboard.

 

E QUIKSILVER SURFBOARDS

5 SPARK

SHAPER: Simon Anderson

THE SKINNY: This board can be many things to a variety of surfers. Primarily designed as a small-wave thruster, then tweaked to be functional as a quad. The 5 Spark feels best as a thruster in shoulder-high surf. The quad option comes alive for smaller surf and loosens the board up, producing easier speed through turns and allowing a little slide at the end of the arc if desired.

F RAT SURFBOARDS

SPEED SQUARE

SHAPER: J. “Rat” Battisti

 

THE SKINNY: Flat sections, no problem. Lippers, no problem. Cutties, no problem. Hacks, no problem. Take to flight, no problem! What are you waiting for? Try this model, you’ll like it.

 

A SHARP EYE SURFBOARDS

GAME CHANGER GROMS

DIMENSIONS: 4’8″ x 16.5″ x 2.0″

THE SKINNY: We adjusted the rocker and foil of the original Game Changer to accommodate the narrow stance of the little rascals. Rides with tons of speed and projection for launching airs. Watch Addison Miles ride this model on our website.

B STAMPS SURFBOARDS

SULTAN

SHAPER: Tim Stamps

DIMENSIONS: 6’8″ x 21.5″ x 2.625″

THE SKINNY: The “anti-hull,” designed with a low-flowing rocker, flat bottom with hints of vee, and extremely pinched rails. Fast and responsive for a modern take on a classic transitional approach.
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