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Forum topic by DannyBoy posted 03-10-2008 07:32 PM 1620 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-10-2008 07:32 PM

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?


-- He said wood...

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#1 posted 03-10-2008 07:47 PM

Don’t you have electricity in KC? :-)

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#2 posted 03-10-2008 08:21 PM

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.


-- He said wood...

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#3 posted 03-10-2008 09:19 PM

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.

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#4 posted 03-10-2008 09:42 PM

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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#5 posted 03-10-2008 09:42 PM

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

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#6 posted 03-10-2008 09:48 PM

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 03-10-2008 10:32 PM

I like the way you are using hand tools try woodcraft

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#8 posted 03-10-2008 11:19 PM

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 03-11-2008 02:47 AM

I’ve seen numerous listings on ebay.

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#10 posted 03-12-2008 02:56 AM

I’ll sell you mine. Seriously.

Hardly used…a bit dusty though.

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#11 posted 03-12-2008 03:11 PM

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

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#12 posted 03-12-2008 05:47 PM

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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