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Project by AngieO posted 314 days ago 2325 views 9 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok. So I’ve cut three picture frames tonight using my miter saw. I have loved this thing every since I got it back in August for my birthday. But… I kept getting crapy joints for my mitered corners. My brother came over (all he owns is a circular saw) and tried to tell me I was cutting them wrong and something else. I’m very particular about my measuring so I knew it wasnt that. Then my 17 year old tried to tell me what was wrong. LOL. Anywhow… The miter saw has some built in stops for angles at 22.5 and 45. I tried the override and got a little better joints…. but not good enough.

So… it was time to try a different machine. I had heard that you can’t get very accurate miters (weird… MITER SAW doesn’t get get MITER cuts???) Which meant I needed to use my table saw. It was time for a miter sled. I have watched the 5 cut method used by the Wood Whisperer and William Ng. I followed those directions.

When it came time for the the miter rails…. I just grabbed some wood from my scrap bin and started cutting. It’s been a while but I remembered someone saying that the important part was to make sure that the two boards were a perfect 90 degree angle. So… that’s what I did. I attached the first board lining it up using my speed square. I used my air nailer to attach. Then I used another metal square to align the right side. Super easy. At this point I just attached with one nail so that I could test it. First test… came back pretty dang good. Two more nails…. DONE! Love quick and easy.

I glued the back rail on. Wish i wouldn’t have. Because now I realize that I have limited the lengths of wood I can cut. But for now… I’m super excited. I know this is not a great pic. But again… grabbed some scrap wood from my scrap bin and cut this frame out. It’s not glued up yet…. but looks like a pretty good fit to me so far.

Then it was time to glue them up. Well… I made a jig last year for this purpose. But the corner piece is MIA. So I threw together a replacement and used clamps to hold it together while the glue dried. This does make it pretty easy. And I can do a pretty large size frame on here as well. This cherry frame is from the miter saw batch. So my corners are not that great. But this is just for a craft and the details aren’t really going to matter. This is scrap cherry as well.

(WELL… I was going to post another pic here of the small cherry frame in the jig. It’s listed in the pics you can zoom on. But it won’t let me insert a pic from my computer right now.

All the projects I made today were using my scraps. And when I say scraps… I don’t mean free stuff I’ve scored along the way (which most of it was)... but I mean cut offs from previous projects that I threw in my “scrap bin” (AKA…. box I got from the liquor store. LOL).

Thanks for checking out my project. Will share the frames when I get them done. :)





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 314 days ago

Looks good. I need to make one of these.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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BENTWOOD

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#2 posted 314 days ago

Nice project Angie and very well described. I too have one of those shop “scrap bins”. :)

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gwolfe1977

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#3 posted 314 days ago

Looks like it will come in very handy.

Check the fence on your miter saw. It may not be square with the blade. I was having the same problem with mine. A quick adjustment and all was good. Just an idea!!!!

-- Gary,Nebraska

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 314 days ago

Way to go, Angie. Necessity is the mother of invention and those are nice fixtures for cutting an gluing!! thy will surly get the job done!

By the way, if your miter saw is cutting off angle, the fence is adjustable as is the head to bring it right on!
It depends on which way it is off. It is nice to have the tool adjusted right on so you can depend on it!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Gary

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#5 posted 314 days ago

You said you cheated the 22.5 / 45 There usually are a couple of screws on those scales that allow you to correct the setting.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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AngieO

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#6 posted 314 days ago

Well… I definitely need to get it adjusted. I guess I need to research on how to adjust it.

Just pulled out the cherry frame and did the final sanding. I wanted to try something that had been suggested to make sure I had all the glue removed. Maybe I am wrong. Is it mineral spirits that you wipe it with to show any remaining glue? If so… no glue showed. But it did pull out some nice color on the cherry.

There is an override on the stops for the 22.5 and the 45. I tried that. Got a little closer. Got frustrated and had to walk away for a while. I’ve learned to do that and come back another day. Sometimes thats all it takes and the answer is simple.

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Blackie_

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#7 posted 314 days ago

Angie you are knocking them out, both jigs are nice, one thing about the miter saw, all of my mitered box joints were cut on my Dewalt DW717. Box joint miters you have to tilt the table saw blade to a 45 unless you use a jig something like what Big Al uses, I’m just to lazy to go through all that and I figure that’s what a miter saw is for.

I think it depends on how you use the saw too along with fence adjustment as others mentioned to cut the miters on a miter saw, I cut mine with the board up on edge against the fence with the table turned to a 45, if the board is to high for an edge cut then I lay it flat and tilt the saw to the right even though I have a double bevel and come in from the right angle, cutting from top down inward instead of top down outward meaning a left tilt.

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AngieO

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#8 posted 314 days ago

Blackie…. I hadn’t thought of using it that way. I’m sooooo going to try that tomorrow. I fooled with it a bit. But like I said… I wasn’t interested in spending time with it. I was frustrated. LOL

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Oldtool

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#9 posted 314 days ago

Nice jig, great solution to an irritation problem. Ah, the genius of woodworkers comes through again.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Roger

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#10 posted 314 days ago

Very good. It works.

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aussiedave

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#11 posted 314 days ago

Great couple of projects Angie….every workshop needs them…well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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Woodwrecker

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#12 posted 314 days ago

Love you frame clamp.
I need to make one of those.
Thank you.

-- Having fun...Eric

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CFrye

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#13 posted 314 days ago

Nice jigs Angie! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Eddie_T

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#14 posted 314 days ago

Nice and if the 90 is perfect even a slight blade misalignment would result in complementary angles.

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Rick

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#15 posted 313 days ago

Very Nice Work/Project Indeed!! Thanks For Posting!

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