IMHO, the real important thing is to make your cuts conventional ( part toward teeth ) First at about .02 to .04 deep to make up for any uneven surface and to start the saw in a straight line, this will prevent the saw from wandering later. Feed and speed /low and slow! You will get the hang of the process quickly.
I agree with Randy, More catalogs, and look in the back of them, they often have useful tables of calculations for masochists.
[This message has been edited by toff (edited 07-22-2001).]
To know by reading is different than knowing by doing. OR:
What you have going into a situation is knowlege..What you have coming out of that situation (providing you survive!) is wisdom.