Breaking the Corners of Mitered Boxes

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Forum topic by Dchip posted 03-29-2014 04:07 PM 775 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2014 04:07 PM

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Getting a tight miter on a box can be tricky. But when you do, you’re left with four very sharp corners. Do you guys break these at all? I’ve found that even light breaking with 1500 grit sandpaper exposes some end-grain that then darkens with finish. It’s very slight but still takes away from the “perfect” miter.

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#1 posted 03-29-2014 06:07 PM

I do marquetry boxes with 1/42” veneer and try to avoid using “corner strips” often because I want to see the continuation of the grain or pattern through the corner. I do just ease the corners a tiny bit but I’ve just looked at a few and don’t see any color irregularities. Here’s an example.

Maybe you are just being too hard on yourself. Looking at your projects, I’d say you have the skills.

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#2 posted 03-29-2014 09:06 PM

I sand the corners a bit on the small boxes I make with mitered corners, of cedar and of oak. No problems. I use no stain, white glue and shellac finish.

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