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Posted on Are shooting boards a 20th century crutch?

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#1 posted 11-04-2015 04:37 PM

Hi Bob, interesting discussion. My grandson is building a box with mitered corners for himself. Once the material was prepared he cut them with a hand powered frame type miter saw as shown below. These saws have pretty fine teeth much like the hand held dovetail type saws used in the past.

My grandson’s miters were a great fit (even with one side slightly longer than the other) and did not require any planing afterward. I assume that the professional joiners of the past would have learned to make perfect miter cuts to save a lot of extra time planing. Remember, planing doesn’t only take extra time but the plane blades had to be sharpened as needed too and that was also a time consuming task, so I imagine they never used their planes unnecessarily.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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