For a recent project, I needed to make 50° miter cuts, but my power miter saw cut only up to 47°. So to remedy that problem, I made a fixture that clamps to the main fence with the working edge 90° to the saw's original fence.

Now, to cut large angles (or smaller depending on how you orient the piece), all I have to do is set the saw at the complement of the angle (90° minus 50° gives a saw setting of 40°). When you cut angles more than 60°, it is a good idea to use a workpiece hold-down to keep your fingers away from the blade..

Richard A. Menin, Meadowbrook, Pa.

Fine Woodworking Magazine, June 1996 No. 118 , ,
October 25, 2005