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DannyBoy

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2228 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw

I’m looking for a suggestion on a new miter box. I’m looking for one similar to this: Lee Valley Miter Box

I’m planning on using it in a similar manner as you would use a electric miter saw (cutting items to length, compound miter cuts, trim, etc).

Anyone have a suggestion or any experience to share?

~DB

-- He said wood...http://hickbyassociation.blogspot.com/


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GaryK

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#1 posted 2228 days ago

Don’t you have electricity in KC? :-)

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

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DannyBoy

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#2 posted 2228 days ago

None that doesn’t cost money…

Actually, this is stemming from a desire from my wife to go green. She’s encouraging me to develop powerless tool skills. Kind of fun considering I’ve already got hand-plane fever.

~DB

-- He said wood...http://hickbyassociation.blogspot.com/

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 2228 days ago

This is similar to the miter boxes that my father left me. He was a third generation carpenter and would do trim via his miter boxes (but in his case they were wooden with only a 90 and 45 built into them). I still have these today but could never get the cuts I wanted from them. But then again I am a power tool guy. His boxes were never this fancy but the principal is the same.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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teenagewoodworker

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#4 posted 2228 days ago

i don’t know much about boxes but sometimes Lowes has the Hitachi 10” Compound on sale for 99 (regular price 140). thats the one i have and i couldn’t be happier. just a thought.

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teenagewoodworker

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#5 posted 2228 days ago

or the Ryobi at Home Depot for 99. thats supposed to be a decent one.

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davidtheboxmaker

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#6 posted 2228 days ago

I use a Nobex mitre saw which looks very like the one you show in your picture.
Its extremely accurate and I make 4, 8 and 12 sided boxes using it – they match up first time.
For cutting a number of pieces to the same length they are also very accurate, however bear in mind the length of the saw frame – you can cut longer but it becomes fiddly and a bit uncertain.
I could not do my boxmaking without my Nobex saw.

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#7 posted 2228 days ago

I like the way you are using hand tools try woodcraft

-- A. Molloy

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Recycler

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#8 posted 2228 days ago

In addition to the sources already mentioned, Lee Valley sells three different (“good, better, best”) miter boxes, and if you scout around the usual vintage tool sources, you can usually find a STanley or Millers Falls miter box for a reasonable price.

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#9 posted 2228 days ago

I’ve seen numerous listings on ebay.

-- Brad,--"The way to eat an eliphant is one bite at a time"

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#10 posted 2227 days ago

I’ll sell you mine. Seriously.

Hardly used…a bit dusty though.

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DannyBoy

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#11 posted 2227 days ago

That reminds me… It would be interesting to have a classifieds area here. Might encourage the reuse of old tools.

-- He said wood...http://hickbyassociation.blogspot.com/

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HallTree

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#12 posted 2227 days ago

One thing about powerless tools, you reduce the risk of accidents. And doing it the old way brings a different kind joy to the woodworking project.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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