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Forum topic by 12strings posted 05-25-2012 04:48 PM 1721 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12strings

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05-25-2012 04:48 PM

I’d like to make a mitre box for hand-cutting 90 and 45 degree pieces. I’m not sure how to make the initial cuts in the box to make sure they are accurate. I’m assuming I should use the same saw that will be used with the box, right?

thanks

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!


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#1 posted 05-26-2012 02:42 PM

Layout your 90 and 45 deg slots with a good combo square. Extend the lines down the sides of the mitre box, inside and outside. Carefully cut the lines (trying to split your layout lines ) with the same handsaw that will be used regularly with the box.

Check out http://video.renovateyourworld.com/v/21291653/how-to-build-a-miter-box.htm

I have a few different sizes that I use. Mainly for smaller moldings. I use a small Gents saw on mine, that I only use for my mitre boxes.

-- Nicky

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#2 posted 05-27-2012 08:41 PM

Thanks, I guess I just don’t trust myself to saw that straight.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#3 posted 05-27-2012 09:01 PM

12,

You could always (after marking out your lines) hang a speed square off the back of your cut to help ensure a straight kerf. I prefer a speed square in these types of situations simply because the base is usually a little less “in-the-way” than a standard right-angle.

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