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If you’ve ever lugged a chop saw onto a scaffold 20 feet off the ground to cut narrow 1x moldings, you’ll appreciate this tool.
With some scrap pieces of 3/4-inch plywood or pine, you can build a simple miter box that will guide precise cuts. Here’s how:
- Attach the vertical fence to the base with glue and 1-5/8-inch drywall screws.
- Cut 45-degree and 90-degree kerfs in the fence to guide the handsaw blade, and you’re ready to go.
This rig isn’t limited to outdoor work, either. With a fine-toothed saw blade, you can make precise cuts in all kinds of moldings.
Cutting mitered returns for window stools or head casings is tricky with a powered miter box because the short pieces want to fly all over the place. This miter box will handle that task with ease.
— Robert Goodfellow, Clinton, Conn.
Tips & Techniques provided by Fine Homebuilding.
©2009 The Taunton Press
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