This carpenter is using a miter saw, also known as a drop saw. Miter saws are both stable and usually have fine adjustments, which lets you make difficult cuts more quickly and accurately.
For larger cutting jobs, the reciprocal saw is useful because its small form makes it useful where other power tools can't reach. Learn about its cousin the saber saw next.
Like reciprocal saws, saber saws use a motor to move a small saw blade back and forth, but its portability makes it more versatile. Take a look at more fine-tuned power tools for woodworking on the next few pages.
Lathes have been around for centuries in hand- or foot-powered form. By using a spinning lathe, you can cut grooves or smooth curves in a wooden spindle. The next power tool, the router, is perfect for finishing designs in woodwork.