Shooting Board v. Miter Trimmer

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Forum topic by dddddmorgan posted 12-11-2016 12:40 PM 654 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2016 12:40 PM

Well, looking ahead I’m doing research on shooting boards and came across miter trimmers, what’s the difference?

I’ve been working wood my entire life and yet I can’t figure out the difference! Call me stupid if you like.

Here’s an example of a miter trimmer if you don’t know what I’m referring to.

The only real difference I can see is one you make and use tools you have and the other you buy.

Help me out of my confusion!

-- Maintenance Man - I do precision guesswork based on unreliable data from people of questionable knowledge...

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#1 posted 12-11-2016 01:25 PM

Yeah, looks like same principle, but a slightly different way to hold and control a blade relative to the work piece. Damn if that don’t look like a finger-lopping-off device, though – even without kids, I’d be hesitant to have it around.

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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#2 posted 12-11-2016 01:51 PM

I had a miter trimmer long before I started buying hand planes. Mine is a Dosch (made in USA, they went under in the 70’s) and it pretty much exactly like the more well known Lion by Pootatuck. Miter trimmers (if they are sharp) do a really nice job. They also have to be tuned to be accurate but do a wonderful job. But now I’ve bought some planes and tried a shooting board (90ยบ only) and to be honest it’s just as good as the miter trimmer. So I guess I’m agreeing with your assessment!

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Logan Windram

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#3 posted 12-11-2016 03:21 PM

If you do a ton of 90 degree mitre work, get the trimmer. If you build furniture and want to make sure your cuts are bang on 90 degrees and can do that with a few pieces of midfield and scrap in the shop, the shooting board. I built a 90 shooting board as well, and my LN 62 leaves gorgeous angles.

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#4 posted 12-11-2016 06:30 PM

A miter trimmer is more like a substitute for
a miter jack, imo. I have one but don’t use it
very often… accurate circular saws like table
and miter saws make them less useful on a daily
basis… but for picture frames and some small
work like miniatures they are really very useful.

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