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.
Thank you all guys!
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.
Thank you for the lesson.
great tips thanks guys
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.
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?
Another great lesson involving persission and simplicity. No wonder you always look happy when woodworking.
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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
I’m not Paul, but what you are looking for is called a “donkey’s ear”. Google will show lots of examples. I made that attaches to one of my shooting boards.
Generally you would cut the mitre and then refine it with the donkey’s ear.
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.
Hello John, we just use some from the local pound store or hardware store. No specific brand.