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07-12-2011 03:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: miter gauge shooting board miter joint

I’ve been chip carving now for about 3 months. I’ve been concentrating on free form chip carving and I’ve been practicing on patterns that lend themselves well to box lids. I have a nice crosscut sled that I built but I really don’t have room to keep it in a good spot and sometimes it’s hard to get to. My shop is small. I would like to get a better miter gauge than the stock one that I now have because I have a good place on the wall where I can keep it handy. I want to start making chip carved boxes. I suppose that I can scrape up at least $200 to put into a reasonable good miter gauge. If you were me which one would you get? I do not have time to build a good miter gauge nor am I even sure where I could put it if I did have time.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau


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#1 posted 07-12-2011 03:30 PM

For the money, the osborne miter gauge is hard to beat.

http://www.osbornemfg.com/close-up.htm

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#2 posted 07-12-2011 03:39 PM

Incra, makes good miter guages as well.

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#3 posted 07-12-2011 03:51 PM

For small boxes, you would do well to just use a shooting board and plane. I have never gotten a board as square straight, and clean with any other tool. Just get it close to the line with the power tools and a couple passes with the plane and it comes out great.

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#4 posted 07-12-2011 03:59 PM

I have this one. It’s done everything I need from one.

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#5 posted 07-12-2011 04:05 PM

I have an earlier version of this one. It has served me very well. It is from Woodhaven.com

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#6 posted 07-12-2011 04:07 PM

Can’t go wrong with Incra.

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#7 posted 07-12-2011 04:11 PM

David, the boxes that I want to make would have tops that are about the size of a standard sheet of printer paper – 8-1/2×11 and maybe in the neighborhood of 6 in. deep. I’m assuming that what you are saying is using the side of the plane guided by a fence that is forty-five degrees to the face and perpendicular to end of the box side. Would you use a spline joint on the miter? And if so would it would you use a linear spline or a crosscut spline? If you didn’t want to accentuate the crosscut splines I would assume you would just use the same wood for the splines as the box (basswood or butternut since box is chip carved).

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#8 posted 07-12-2011 04:17 PM

I vote for Osborne

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#9 posted 07-12-2011 04:22 PM

David, I assume the idea would be to cut the miter as accurately as possible with the miter gauge and saw and then after you have made an accurate shooting board you would want to be taking off the least amount of material as possible. You would also want to have a stop on the shooting board that engages with the opposite end of the side that you are working on and work on opposite pairs of sides with the same stop set so they end up being the same exact length. Is this correct or am I barking up the wrong tree?

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 07-12-2011 04:24 PM

The price is definitely right on the Osbourne, $99!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 07-12-2011 04:25 PM

Would you use a cabinet shoulder plane or a block plane( assuming the block plane side is dead square to the sole?

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#12 posted 07-12-2011 04:26 PM

Wreck, I’d probably use a jack.

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#13 posted 07-12-2011 04:31 PM

If you could get your miters dead on the money and the sides accurate in length and with the kinds of glues they have now and with the cuts being miter cuts would splines still be necessary? Or is this just bad practice?

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 07-12-2011 04:36 PM

Bertha, so you think that the length would give you more of an advantage in this application than the lower cutting angle would? However, your side would definitely need to be dead square with your sole no matter what – correct?

This is in unchartered waters to me so it is why I’m asking these questions. :)

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 07-12-2011 04:42 PM

Would you need for the bottom corner of the sole to register with a straight edge as well? I’m sure that you are assuming that I have never used a shooting board with planes. Your assumption would be correct.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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