Ask WWGOA: How to make an Angled Cut Without a Bandsaw

Ask WWGOA Banner


I am working on a project and need to make an angled cut, but do not have a bandsaw to make the 70 degree point. I am thinking I can use my table saw with the blade tilted. Or, with it on its tall side and use the miter gauge. Any guidance or pointers?

Submitted via email


You could do this pretty quickly and very safely with a hand plane. Ideally use a low angle plane to minimize the tear out, but any hand plane would do ok with this. You could also set it vertically on a table saw to make a cut, making the cut while the board is still long. You will need to use a jig to hold the work piece securely through the cut. Also, the angle is not critical. You could simply lay the board flat and cut it to a 45 degree angle as well. The only purpose for the angle is to help make it easier to get the burn-in started, so a 45 degree angle would do fine but just take slightly longer to get started. Not a big deal, however.

Hope this helps,

Set Up Your Miter Saw For Perfect Cuts

Do you have a woodworking question you’d like answered by an expert? Email your question to or reach out to us on Facebook.

Please note: questions may be edited for clarity and relevance.

10 Quick and Easy Gift Ideas
  • (will not be published)

No Comments