|Project by Maveric777||posted 03-09-2010 01:52 AM||3125 views||5 times favorited||15 comments|
I threw this together this weekend trying to solve my dilemma of cutting perfectly mitered corners for boxes. It was a hard fought battle, but I think I may have it lined up right…. Ummm Maybe.
I went off the principle that so long as the wood is flat and you cut your angle… Even if it wasn’t a perfect 45 it will still come to a 90. So for instance if the blade is actually a 44 deg cut on the left side of the blade you can flip the lumber over and cut the second piece on the right side and it should be 46. Add the two together and you will have a 90.
Now that seemed to work all fine and dandy in principle, but after tearing into some pretty cherry I found something wasn’t right. Actually is was far from right. After rechecking things I found I took ever precautions except making sure the back fence (rest) was square to the blade path…. Rookie mistake.
Well I removed the back rest and had to pick up something to make a shim (to sit in the blade path… Thanks again Curtis for the help over at Ace) and some plastic squares. I aligned and secured it (the second time) pretty much dead on….. Or so I thought.
I am still not sure if I need to make a few more adjustments, or if the cherry I was cutting was slightly bowed (I’m thinking this was a major… yet another rookie mistake), or I failed on glue up. I am leaning towards the later two. So now i know to make sure I plain everything down before hand. Secondly…. Learn the tricks to gluing up mitered corners….lol
Oh the learning curve….
Thanks for checking it out.
-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.