Chopsaw, Congrats on your interest in woodworking and welcome to the forum.
You can build anything you can imagine out of "scraps". The possibilities are endless.
These projects are a great way to build on your skills and learn the best order of operations.
You have a pretty good set of tools to start with.
As far as the chop saw/miter saw question goes don't sweat it. I've worked in several states and you'd be surprised how the terminology changes from region to region.
IMO if we're getting technical you can call both saws a chop saw because they both operate using an up/down motion.
A metal cutting chop saw should not be called a miter saw if it only makes a 90° cut. If you can cut an angle on itcwithout some kind of jig it's a miter saw.
Technically, a saw doesn't chop it cuts. So maybe we shouldn't use the word "chop" for either tool.
After all we're not talking about axes or hatchets.
When I die, I want to go peacefully like my grandfather did — in his
sleep. Not yelling and screaming like the passengers in his car.
Last edited by jharris2; 12-12-2012 at 12:44 AM.