Never Cross Your Arms When Using a Miter Saw
Sorry, lefties, but most miter saws are designed for right-handed users, meaning the saw is operated with the right hand and the material held down with the left. But sometimes the material will have to be held down on the right side of the blade. On those occasions, it's tempting to still use your right hand to operate the saw, but doing so will cause your left hand to cross in front of the path of the blade—that's bad. It will feel weird, but in this situation, use your left hand to operate the saw and your right to secure the material. Our expert knows carpenters who have ignored this advice and have the scars on their arms to prove it.