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Router Bits #1: Locking Miter Bit - How to Make a Locking Miter Joint (Video)

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 06-17-2021 07:28 PM 998 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I took some time experimenting with two methods to get crisp results with a locking miter bit back in 2013. I finally had a chance to make a video of these techniques.

Here’s the video… https://youtu.be/S1syKkJBIJs

Hope it helps someone that is new to routing locking miter joints, or helps someone improve the quality of joints on a second attempt.

All you need are some 1/4” and 1/2” thick MDF strips!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush



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Ocelot

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#1 posted 06-17-2021 08:52 PM

I recently bought such a bit to make a box. Although I’ve decided to use a different approach to the box, I still want to have a go at the lock miter.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 06-17-2021 08:56 PM

very informative thank you

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pintodeluxe

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#3 posted 06-17-2021 08:58 PM



very informative thank you

- CommonJoe

My pleasure. Good luck with it.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 06-18-2021 09:25 AM

Thanks for the video,
I would like to see a video on your glue up and the finished project

-- David

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#5 posted 06-18-2021 01:16 PM

Very helpful Willie – keep ‘em coming!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#6 posted 06-18-2021 01:56 PM

Great video.

-- Joel, People ask what I make. I tell them I make sawdust, and now and then a nice box or frame,or clock, or lamp pops out.

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#7 posted 06-18-2021 02:06 PM



Thanks for the video,
I would like to see a video on your glue up and the finished project

- Laughran

Stay tuned to Laguna’s YouTube channel. The video of the Limbert #251 tabouret build will post soon!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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splintergroup

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#8 posted 06-18-2021 02:55 PM

Nice one Willie!

I’m a big fan of the added layer of MDF to act as a guide strip. For the table guided panels, if the bit is ever so slightly high, the knife edge will be over-cut and without these strips the panel will angle into the fence as the cut is performed, messing up the joint.

The added spacers to allow for a two-stage cut really help with the bigger bits and are a simple and dead accurate way to pull the cut off without touching the bit/fence settings. Useful tip for many similar routing situations!

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