The miter saw, also known as a chop saw, is used to make quick, accurate crosscuts at a selected angle. It is commonly used for cutting molding, trim, picture frames, door frames, window casings and more. It is also excellent for making repeated, identical cuts with minimal setup. Miter saw cuts aren’t always precise enough for furniture joinery, but it is often used for cutting pieces to rough length before they move on to more precise machines.
The Bosch GCM12SD is a 12” double-bevel sliding compound miter saw (say that three times fast). The reach of the 12” diameter blade is extended because it rides on sliding rails, which allows it to cut wider stock. Both the miter angle (relative to the vertical fence) and the bevel angle (relative to the horizontal table) are adjustable, the miter from 52° left to 60° right and the bevel from 47° left to 47° right.