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Forum topic by JayFromUpNorth posted 07-17-2017 06:02 PM 986 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-17-2017 06:02 PM

Hi folks, so I was out and about and stopped at a yard sale. There were some great tools but I already had most but came across this, what looks like an antique cutting device with a blade that slides vertically back and forth and has these angling arms that are spring loaded on each side. Does anyone know what it is? I’m trying to search google for information. Thank you ahead of time.

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#1 posted 07-17-2017 06:08 PM

Miter trimmer..


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#2 posted 07-17-2017 06:10 PM

I believe that is a type-writer for illiterates.

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#3 posted 07-17-2017 06:18 PM

Brad has it – a miter trimmer.

Picture frame shops use these routinely

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#4 posted 07-17-2017 06:18 PM

Missing the handle, though. Lion Mitre Trimmer

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#5 posted 07-17-2017 06:19 PM

Miter trimmer/cutter (often used for making small picture frames) as Brad said previously. I think its missing the lever though…

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#6 posted 07-17-2017 06:30 PM

cigar trimmer…

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#7 posted 07-17-2017 06:31 PM

You can grind the end of a steel bar
to fit the dovetail slot. The handle
should be about 18” long.

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#8 posted 07-17-2017 10:46 PM

Fantastic. That’s great. Yeah no lever but I got it for a dollar haha. Thanks folks.

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#9 posted 07-17-2017 11:04 PM

Wow a $1 miter trimmer is a really, really good deal. I won’t say you suck because it’s rude but a really nice find. I saw one in a local antique store a few months ago (it was complete with the arm and in good shape). They wanted $100 for it which was not a steal, but a fair price for sure. The irons/blades/cutters on that thing are beefy and awesome too.

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#10 posted 07-17-2017 11:21 PM

They’re a little obsolete because of power
miter saws but I still keep one around
and use it once in awhile.

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#11 posted 07-18-2017 01:44 AM

$1.00 !!

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#12 posted 07-18-2017 02:24 AM

I got mine for $10, you can get the handle from Grizzly, they sell a replacement part for their china version. I have yet to use it, it’s fallen into that category of tool that…when I NEED one I’ll be glad I HAVE one,,, just ask my wife. If you order from Grizzly, talk to customer service & tell them to be sure to bubble wrap the bejeezus out of it, they had to send it to me 3 times because the pointy steel bar kept punching through the carton and winding up god knows where in UPS land, 3rd time was the charm, and Grizzly was awesome with their customer service to keep working to fix it.

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#13 posted 07-18-2017 03:12 AM

The child in me says it’s for circumcisions, but most are right it’s a miter trimmer

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#14 posted 07-19-2017 05:07 AM

Just a clarification: you don’t actually cut the miter with those. You first cut the miter with a saw, then shave the tip of the cut with the trimmer to make it smooth and precise. The blades need to be super sharp. Don’t just try to chop a miter out of your molding, or whatever, with that tool. And yes, you got a heck of a good deal.

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