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Posted on Miter Saw -- a woodworker's friend?

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#1 posted 07-01-2012 11:00 PM

For cutting mouldings they are great, both quicker to set
up cuts on than a table saw and easier to visualize and
eyeball cuts on. For making furniture though, you can
totally get by without one. The fancy big ones are
really carpentry tools designed for jobsite use where
their messiness isn’t a problem and their weight/versatility
balance is useful.

An argument can be made however that the table
saw is not really a furniture making machine however
and the band saw, jointer and planer are really where
it’s at. A small, accurate table saw comes in handy
for joinery and in relation to that a miter saw is useful
for crosscutting the larger boards a smaller table saw
doesn’t handle easily.

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