The Search For The Perfect Miter

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Project by rtbrmb posted 03-01-2013 05:05 PM 3835 views 10 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am still amazed everyday at the generosity/knowledge of woodworkers around the world dispayed on this website!

With the little time I get to do woodworking (making sawdust), I have tried to concentrate on box construction. Even though I have been happy with the boxes I have constructed thus far, I have never been able to get the perfect combination of a 45^ bevel and a 90^ edge-to-edge cut. I have built jigs for my DW contractors saw, wrapped foil tape around the miter bar, etc..just leads to more frustration. After getting them close I would always have to fiddle with the corners using files, handplane (freestyle), sanding blocks, etc. In the end the finish was good, but I wanted something more efficient.

Spending hours searching the archives, I ran across this forum topic from wingate 52.

Once I saw his shooting board, I searched the web to find some more info on constructing one. I used all scraps-the base is 3/4” MDF, sides are old maple table legs, the top is an old oak sewing table top & the cleat is a piece of leftover maple. My shooting board will accomidate a piece 1 1/2” tall, 11 1/2” wide and 24” long.

I have previosuly gone down the slippery slope of e-bay handplanes (as many LJ’s have) and built this for my turn-of the century Jack Plane. I was able to get it to work a little but decided it was time to step up to what many consider the best handplanes currently available, Lie-Nielsen. I purchased a #62 low angle jack and when it arrived, my daughter said it was like watching a kid open a gift at Christmas.

I checked a few things and put it to the test & I could not believe I was getting shavings at .005 from 3/4” walnut for a shadow box for my wife-a future project. In a matter of minutes, all 8 corners of the box were 45^ beveled & 90^ edge-to-edge. I love working with my antique Stanleys that I have rescued off e-bay, but the the low-angle jack from Lie-Nielsen is just in a different league.

There have been several great reviews of the plane already posted on this website, so I probably won’t do another. Long story short, I think I have found the right combination to effeciently build boxes in the future. Hope this helps others that may also be pursuing the “perfect” angles\bevels.

Bill in MI

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Ron Harper

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#1 posted 03-01-2013 07:28 PM

Nice. I have this on my list to make soon.

-- Ron in Kokomo

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Mark Davisson

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#2 posted 03-01-2013 09:46 PM

Nice shooter, Bill!

I’m curious, though. All of wingate52’s photos show him shooting with other than a low-angle jack plane. Have you had any success with a non-low-angle jack?

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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Chris P

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#3 posted 03-02-2013 01:45 AM

Just built one of these myself works great!

-- Chris, Long Island

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#4 posted 03-02-2013 05:25 AM

Ron – it was on my list for quite a while & I am very happy I took the time to build one.

Mark – it was originally built for a normal angle Jack but I didn’t have much success w/the 3/4” walnut. When I get the chance my intent is to sharpen the blade and try w/something thinner.

Chris – what plane do you use with yours ?

Thanks for the comments.

Bill in MI

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