I am making a 16" square cabinet. I don't want the plywood edges to show so will I miter or bevel them at 45 degrees? In this example, the cut is a bevel, setting the blade on the TS over to 45 degrees and running them against the fence. The faces of the work are flat on the table, and I won't use the miter gauge.
I am making a frame from 3" wide X 3/4" thick stock 36" square. I will miter the corners so they meet at 90 degrees by laying the faces flat on the table saw and use the miter gauge set at 45 degrees. I can also use a miter saw setting the arm at 45 degrees from the fence and achieve the same result.
I am making a drawer box from 3" wide by 3/4" thick stock 16" square. I can set the table saw blade to 45 degrees and use the miter gauge set at 90 degrees and make the bevels. I can also hold the pieces vertically and use a chop saw with the arm set at 45 degrees from the fence. I can also set the sliding miter saw over to 45 degrees and make a 90 degree cut creating a bevel. So, in this example there are 3 different ways to achieve the same result.
Compound bevels and miters. Only a miter saw that has a bevel feature and a table saw can make these combination types of cuts. A standard "chop saw" does not allow for the blade to tilt over, just makes cuts at 90 degrees. The sliding miter saws are limited to the maximum crosscut width at the bevel and miter setting by the diameter of the blade or cutting radius.
So, the cut and it's description has to do with the width of the work and the type of saw used to make it.
When is a miter a bevel? I think I know, but what do you think?