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Forum topic by RexInMinn posted 04-23-2011 05:47 PM 3222 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RexInMinn

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04-23-2011 05:47 PM

I’m interested in cutting mitres for picture frame stock and would like to experiment with using a hand saw and a vintage wooden mitre box such as is currently available on eBay. I usually cut my mitres on an electric compound mitre saw but would prefer to move toward a non-electric tool for cutting light stock. How well do these old wooden mitre boxes actually work and can anyone suggest another idea with respect to using mitre boxes? For example, is there a modern style of mitre box that I might find is superior to the old time wooden boxes?

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#1 posted 04-23-2011 05:53 PM

There a lot of companys that make miter saws similar to this one:

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=miter+box&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=16308349174420089070&sa=X&ei=bPWyTciZHsrp0gHVkej1CA&ved=0CEYQ8gIwAg#

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#2 posted 04-23-2011 05:53 PM

The older style is only as good as the accuracy of the maker.

Something like one of these would probably be more accurate- and more expensive of course. I would love to have one of the guillotine type trimmers but they are quite expensive.

http://www.rockler.com/c/miter-saws-trimmers.cfm

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#3 posted 04-23-2011 05:56 PM

this is the only thing that comes to mind, http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=4938&source=googleps&utm_source=GoogleBase&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=Google

Other than that you can cut it on an old miter box and shave the miter with a shooting board and plane.

wow people post so fast!

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saddletramp

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#4 posted 04-23-2011 06:01 PM

lew, I have one of the guillotnes and they do a very nice job but are only as accurate as you set them up to be. Also, as I am sure you are aware but maybe Rex is not, they do not replace a miter saw but merely trim the miter. If anything, they replace a chuting board.

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#5 posted 04-23-2011 06:02 PM

The old ones do work, but your cuts may not be as clean as you
expect after using a power saw.

A Lion miter trimmer makes really clean finish cuts. I have one and it’s
a really neat tool. It shaves just the last smidgen of the miter clean.

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#6 posted 04-23-2011 06:15 PM

Thanks everyone. Great info here, I appreciate it. I imagine the Lion trimmer is a hand tool, like a small plane? I was looking at this Hempe saw:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Hempe-Hand-Saw-/280660906528?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4158b19220

If anyone wants to provide some feedback on the Hempe I’d be grateful. Thanks again all of you!

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saddletramp

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#7 posted 04-23-2011 06:26 PM

The miter trimmer isn’t exactly a small hand tool. Here is a link to the Pootatuck Lion miter trimmer: http://www.lionmitertrimmer.com/

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#8 posted 04-23-2011 06:53 PM

I have a similar Jorgensen saw to the Hempe. It’s ok. I don’t use
it much. If You screw or clamp it to a bench it will probably work
better.

The Hempe could very well be better quality than the Jorgensen.

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#9 posted 04-24-2011 09:21 AM

I use a Wooden One a fair bit with a Fine (Thickness) Back Saw that I use only for the Wooden Box.

However, I have to say that my Powered Mitre Saw will do a more accurate and Cleaner Job WITH the right blade. Small Mouldings 1/2×1/2 ? aren’t a problem.

That Hempe on ebay was sold for $10.95. Not a bad deal even with an extra $14.95 Shipping Charge.

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