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Project by Manitario posted 12-10-2017 04:39 PM 1687 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my shop projects this fall was to make a mitre jack. Relatively simple project made from scrap wood in my shop but a great help for trimming up joinery. Plans were from a book from FWW; Benchcrafted also has a pretty detailed series about mitre jacks:
http://benchcrafted.blogspot.ca/2014/07/a-miter-jack-of-excellence.html

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil





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theoldfart

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#1 posted 12-10-2017 04:57 PM

Very well done. I’ve been using a vintage one for a little while now and I can appreciate its usefulness.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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shipwright

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#2 posted 12-11-2017 12:28 AM

I love mine. You will find all sorts of uses for it.
Nice work.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Manitario

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#3 posted 12-11-2017 02:22 AM

Thanks, after using it for a week, I don’t know how I ever used hand tools without it.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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theoldfart

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#4 posted 12-11-2017 02:33 AM

I got both a mitre plane and a flush cut saw made for use on a mitre jack. Using them in combination with the jack will make you appreciate the jack even more.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 12-11-2017 12:12 PM

Well, dang. Now I have another tool I need to add to my build list.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#6 posted 12-11-2017 03:29 PM

That’s a cool piece of work there. I hadn’t heard of them. Do they differ greatly in function from a shooting board? It seems like a similar concept.

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#7 posted 12-11-2017 03:30 PM

Gadzooks, you are exercising my old brain. So now I have to learn what a mitre jack is…

Looks interesting, and I have the same plane you are using. It is definitely the type of thing I like to make, and I have a place to put it. Crap. Another shop project… (-:

...and it would probably work at both shops, so that doubles the work…

Good post…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Manitario

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#8 posted 12-11-2017 04:02 PM

kocgolf; I’m not sure if there is any advantage to a mitre jack from a shooting board other that in seems to be easier to hold smaller pieces and/or trimming tenon shoulders.

Jim; Don’t feel bad, I had no idea what a mitre jack was either until a few months ago…It works great, I just used it to trim up some small parts and I couldn’t believe that I’ve taken so long to build one….

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#9 posted 12-11-2017 04:13 PM

Put me in the camp of ”... in love with the idea of building one / they’re cool,” but having no idea why they’re considered indispensable by those who have them.

Is it the ‘small parts’ thing where they excel?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#10 posted 12-11-2017 04:26 PM

Very interesting, from the link and your pictures I can see how it can be used at two angles. How is your attached to the work bench?

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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