Important, but Incomplete
The miter gauge is used for crosscuts, miters, cutting pieces to length, and joinery like dadoes and rabbets. The problem is a stock miter gauge leaves a lot to be desired. The head on most miter isn’t very wide; this doesn’t provide much support for cutting a long workpiece. Also, during crosscutting, the back edge of a workpiece is prone to tearing out as the blade completes the cut. Finally, there’s no good way to quickly cut multiple parts to the same length.