Large Mitre Box

Large Mitre Box

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Making your own mitre box is a quick to make and more accurate alternative to buying one. It requires accurately square stock and careful layout and cutting. It can help you get clean, crisp mitre joints, particularly when used in combination with a shooting board.


  1. António on 20 May 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you all guys!

  2. Bob Groh on 20 May 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Another example that says precision doesn’t need complicated tools! Simple jigs, good tools and careful work. A great lesson for this wood hacker. Thanks for another great lesson.

  3. knightlylad on 20 May 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Thank you for the lesson.

  4. Eddy Flynn on 21 May 2016 at 12:32 am

    great tips thanks guys

  5. Alan on 21 May 2016 at 5:02 am

    When cutting the end of a long moulding, I find supporting the opposite end both essential and awkward.
    If the front panel of this Mitre Box was say 1/2″ deeper than the back, it could function as a bench-hook or held in the vice.
    The Mitre Block would then sit forward on the bench, giving a little more stability but more-importantly allowing the bench to support the moulding while you cut it.

  6. johnnyangel on 21 May 2016 at 9:29 am

    There doesn’t look to be a lot of meat to that small front section between the saw cuts. I’d worry it might get shifted a bit in prolonged use. Might it be better to have greater distance between the cuts — though of course that would call for a longer box overall?

  7. mike melendrez on 21 May 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Great video

  8. Jeffrey DiBella on 21 May 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Another great lesson involving persission and simplicity. No wonder you always look happy when woodworking.

  9. Philip Adams on 23 May 2016 at 10:25 am

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  10. p w on 23 May 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Hello Paul,
    Having made your shooting board, and now see you using a miter cutting box for a cornice, I have to ask if you use the miter box to create all your small box/cigar humidor/jewelry box sides? OR, do you have some sort of “angle component/jig” that you attach to the shooting board which would enable the handplane to create the vertical side 45’s of a box not the horizontal 45’s of a picture frame?
    Thanks with best wishes-PW

  11. John Wood on 26 May 2016 at 2:35 am

    Great video. I’ve built something similar a while back but wasn’t happy with the result and will try this approach.

    What brand of double sided tape did you use and where can I buy it? All I find around here is narrow and good for paper but not wood.



    • Philip Adams on 13 June 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Hello John, we just use some from the local pound store or hardware store. No specific brand.

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