It's not perfect, Herb, but close enough for woodworking.
For 90* cross cuts I agree with using a sled and I’ve even built one for 45* angles but it’s impractical to build one for every angle and that’s where the miter gauge comes into play.Hi, your best bet is to not use the miter gauge at all and just spend an hour or less and build a very quick cross-cut sled. You don't have to make a fancy cross-cut sled, but once you start using a cross-cut sled you will very rarely use your miter gauge. The cross-cut sled is:
safer to use
easier to use
more accurate to use
Go out to Youtube and find a simple cross-cut sled to make.
Later if you want you can make a very fancy cross-cut sled. I use a sled for cutting miters, exactly 90 degree cuts and just cutting. I almost never use my miter gauge.
Wow! Forget scrap lumber; this is for keeps!! Beautifully crafted, Bill.