Mastering the Mitre Joint

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 07-06-2010 07:16 PM 2734 reads 7 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This woodworking tutorial features the mitre joint. If you’ve done carpentry or woodworking there probably was a time or two that the mitre joint was a challenge. This video shows how the mitre joint can be cut and fit with great accuracy, done safely, and with ease by using a mitre sled on the tablesaw.

What if you could take your wood projects to another level? Now you can. You can feel comfortable cutting one mitre or hundreds of mitre joints as the mitre sled method ensures accuracy and efficiency.

Note: Prior to the demonstration of building the picture frame a new Forrest Woodworker II sawblade was installed on the tablesaw. A Wixey digital angle gauge was used to calibrate the sawblade to ensure it would be set at 90 degrees and perpendicular to the tablesaw bed.
Ulimia spring pinch clamps were used to hold the mitres together during glue-up. These clamps are invaluable as they provide adequate pressure to hold the mitre joint. Simply find a place on your woodworking bench, glue and align the joints, and open and close the pinch clamps. It’s that easy.


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-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#1 posted 07-08-2010 03:21 AM

Hey Bob – thanks (again) for the great video. I’m really appreciating the style – all business in the video with a nice long writeup to accompany. First time I’d seen those clamps, thanks for including the link. Great to see the sled in action as well.

You never seem concerned about glue squeeze out – you apply a liberal amount of glue and the results are always bang on. What adhesive are you using and what methods do you use to remove the excess. Your technique’s got me second guessing how much I”m using.

Thanks again – keep em coming!

-- -- Mike

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#2 posted 07-08-2010 03:50 AM

MG…You’re always welcome! The Ulmia pinch clamps are worth their weight in gold. The mitre sled works like a champ. ....easy to make and very affordable. MDF can be used as well for the base.

No need to 2nd guess about your gluing technique. Go with your instincts and use reason. I am able to get away with the squeeze out in this situation. The open drum sander, a chisel, and sandpaper will take care of the excess glue in this case.

Got another on the way…the splined mitre joint…
Thanks for your support…stay tuned!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#3 posted 07-08-2010 04:08 AM

MG…The glue used is Titebond II yellow glue however the heat in Las Vegas, NV makes me consider going with a slower drying white glue. Great question.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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