How Is a Chop Saw Used?

Woodworkers use a chop saw to make crosscuts and angled cuts in pieces of wood. The chop saw is more commonly known as a miter saw.

Miter saws are quick, accurate and portable, and they are easily adjusted to make crosscuts at any angle within a range of 45 degrees in either direction from perpendicular. A large sliding miter saw is limited to a 12-inch cut, and a standard miter saw is usually limited to 8 inches or less. The miter saw is virtually indispensable when doing precision woodwork. A compound miter saw allows the blade to be tilted to one side for angle cuts in two directions at once. This flexibility makes it a highly valuable tool for building furniture, making picture frames or cutting moldings.