The role of the miter saw in the fine woodworking shop is a highly variable one. Some folks use it for nothing more than cutting down rough stock. Others have them tuned up for precision work and finish cuts. Personally, I use mine for both tasks. I occasionally use it to chop down a large board in the rough and I have it dialed in enough to produce clean and square cross-cuts on already milled material. In fact, it’s my primary cross-cutting tool. So to me, the miter saw (specifically the sliding compound miter saw) is essential. How about you? What do you think of the powered miter saw?
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