The term “mitre” is used to describe precise cuts in woodworking. A mitre joint is a specific type of lap joint that utilizes these precise cuts for a functional joint. However, the term can also refer to the guiding device attached to a saw used for making these cuts. The context in which the term is used will determine its meaning.

While the technical use of the term “mitre” is typically limited to professional woodworkers, it is commonly used in conjunction with a saw. In this case, “mitre” refers to the jig that holds a flat saw to assist in cutting precise angles consistently. Most professionals now use electric-powered mitre saws, which have a circular saw blade attached to a spring-return arm that is pulled downward to make the cut. It is important not to confuse a mitre saw with a radial arm saw, although both can be used to achieve similar cutting styles.