Cutting perfect pyramidal tops
My first attempts to mitersaw pyramidal tops, like those on the Arts & Crafts-Style Bench in issue 200 (October 2010), resulted in less-than-impressive accuracy. I struggled to make perfectly matching bevels until developing this technique. First, place a length of masking tape on the saw bed and draw an index line along the tape parallel to the saw blade. Next, tilt the blade to your desired bevel angle, and lay the workpiece on the saw bed with the end in position for the cut. Now, transfer the index line from the tape to the workpiece, and use a square to extend that line around all four sides. Finally, align the marks on the workpiece with the tape's index line. Make the cut; then repeat for the remaining three sides.
—Phil O'Rourke, Pittsfield, Mass.