Jig for cutting bevels and miters on the table saw

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Project by Furnitude posted 06-25-2014 10:07 PM 1789 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the Craftsy blog, I described a new jig I made for cutting bevels and miters. Here are some photos of the jig. You can read about the build on the Craftsy post. The jig cuts 45 degree angles. It’s unique because it’s a flat jig and doesn’t hold the wood at 45 degrees. I find everything easier to control this way. It’s crazy accurate. Enjoy.

-- Mitch, Also blog at

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#1 posted 06-25-2014 10:09 PM

looks like a great idea. Thanks

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#2 posted 06-25-2014 10:18 PM

what are you using for spline/reinforcement on those bevels?

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 06-26-2014 02:08 PM

I don’t use splines or reinforcements generally. A well-fitted miter joint is quite strong, certainly strong enough to stay together as a box. If it were a piece of furniture or load-bearing in some way, I might consider reinforcements. Or for decoration. A lot of people seem to think keys or splines are required. They aren’t for typical boxes. If you like to use them, great. I like the uninterrupted figure of the wood.

-- Mitch, Also blog at

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#4 posted 06-26-2014 05:01 PM

I haven’t made any boxes, but I certainly agree with you about the strength of a glued miter joint. I glued a 2×4 stud to a stairway edging with regular Titebond that later had to be removed for some construction. The carpenter used a hammer to try and break the 2×4 off the edging. He ended up splintering the 2×4, but that glue joint never gave way. He ended up having to shave the remains off the edging with a chisel. He told me he’d never seen a glue joint hold like that and asked me what I used. Modern adhesives are amazing.

-- woodNfish

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#5 posted 06-26-2014 05:01 PM

Meant to say, a second post on using the jig to make a box is coming up tomorrow, June 27.

-- Mitch, Also blog at

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#6 posted 06-26-2014 08:34 PM

Wow, great idea.

-- Quicksilver

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#7 posted 06-26-2014 08:45 PM

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#8 posted 06-26-2014 09:46 PM

That’s a clever idea.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#9 posted 06-26-2014 09:57 PM

Thanks, Surfside. When I thought of it, it seemed unique. We’ll see how it goes. Thanks again.

-- Mitch, Also blog at

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#10 posted 06-27-2014 01:13 PM

Looks like a great idea Mitch. I totally agree with you on the integrity of mitred corners for boxes. They are a lot stronger than most folks think. The miter cuts have enough long grain to make for a good glue joint.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 06-27-2014 02:40 PM

Thanks, Mike. I think lots of woodworkers tend to overbuild things. I know I have to constantly fight against that urge. Also, I think lots of woodworkers see the decorative splines and think they are cool, which they are. I say use them if you want but know that they aren’t required.

-- Mitch, Also blog at

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