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Forum topic by dbol posted 03-20-2011 01:20 AM 1002 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2011 01:20 AM

Making a music stand. I want the long pole to sit inside a long box like tube. So the pole can slide up and down. What is the best way to make a long miter. The pole is white oak and the base will be walnut.
My table saw will only tilt to the left.
Also I want to try and wrap the grain at least on two sides each.

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#1 posted 03-20-2011 02:01 AM

Biscuits can help when putting it together. A jointer
can be used to clean up saw marks if you get them due
to a poor blade, vibration, or whatever. It’s also easy to
remove too much material with the jointer. A “sanding
board” may be a safer choice for you if you’re just doing
this once.

I’d probably make a table saw carriage for the cleanest
cut. You can do it with the fence alone, but if your rip
technique isn’t refined it’s easy to get saw marks.

Test on scrap.

Another way to do it is with a chamfer or lock miter bit
on a router table.

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#2 posted 03-20-2011 02:33 AM

Long miters with a left tilt saw are sort of what that saw is made for. Use a good quality, sharp blade. For glue up, I don’t use biscuits or splines usually, I just use tape. I lay the miters sharp edge to sharp edge and pull them together with clear packing tape. Then I add glue and fold the miter together, adding tape if I need to.

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#3 posted 03-20-2011 06:02 AM

I’d agree with Loren on the locking miter router bit. I used to use the table saw but have gotten much more reliable results on my router table. Glue up is a snap and removes the need for biscuits.

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#4 posted 03-20-2011 01:46 PM

Thanks, My router table is under construction. So maybe I should get to work on that. I never heard of a locking miter router bit. Also my table saw is a right tilt not left.

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