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Review by GaryK posted 01-15-2008 09:54 PM 11976 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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These are great. I don’t know of a name brand one as they all seem pretty generic.

If you make picture frames or do a lot of miters, these are invaluable.

They allow you to trim off the smallest of shavings at a perfect 45 degrees.
You can also set them to do 90 degree cuts.

Mine was purchased at Rockler and was made in China. It works great though. Not much
to screw up in manufacturing.

I usually just cut my miters close and use this to cut to perfect length.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX




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#1 posted 01-15-2008 10:15 PM

I’ve got one and I love it.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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#2 posted 01-15-2008 10:18 PM

Gary, thats a neat tool. What thickness can it tollerate?.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 01-15-2008 10:30 PM

Gary,

These are like shooting boards – only better, right? The blade is angled to make trimming easier.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 01-15-2008 10:42 PM

Grumpy – Up to 4” tall and from 2” to 6” wide, depending on the height.

Tom – I guess you could say that.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 01-15-2008 10:43 PM

A really useful tool. I use mine for smaller boxes as well as frames

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#6 posted 01-16-2008 12:09 AM

There used to be an American made version of this, the Pootatuck Lion Miter Trimmer. Looks like they went under after 75 years of manufacture. Sigh…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 01-16-2008 12:10 AM

Can you tune them, Gary? If they are not exactly 45 degrees from the store? Also, how does it work. I see a fence, but is there a stop that the cutoff rests up against to gauge the cut?

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 01-16-2008 12:13 AM

Tom – Yes you can tune them. The two little circles on the base have pins that are off center so you can
rotate them.

No stops for the depth of cut. It’s made for taking off shavings.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 01-16-2008 12:14 AM

Looks like it wouldn’t even slow down for a finger. Are there appropriate guards?

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#10 posted 01-16-2008 12:18 AM

Rikkor – Well, it doesn’t chop like a guillotine, but takes slow slices which you control.

No, no guards.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 01-16-2008 09:40 AM

These are great tools for shearing the edge of a board, much like a paring chisel. Sneaking up on a cut, as I like to refer to it.

I wish I could remember which drawer in the shop has my camcorder. I placed it in a drawer about a month ago, while bring in a load of materials, and know I can’t get to several of them, I know it’s somewhere in there.
I have several short videos I would really like to do, demonstrating fine joinery. (once I learn how to use the darn camera).

There are several unique chisels in particular which I think would benefit all of us in mastering it’s use, and are a great addition for all woodworkers to have in the shop. Very handy.

I’ll keep looking.

Lee

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#12 posted 01-16-2008 06:37 PM

I have seen those and been thinking of one for picture frames. Glad to hear it is a good tool to use.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#13 posted 01-16-2008 08:06 PM

Gary,

What do they cost?

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#14 posted 01-16-2008 08:23 PM

You can find them used for whatever you can find them for or for example $180 at Rockler.

Shop around.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#15 posted 01-16-2008 10:46 PM

wood craft also carries them

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