Miter Jig

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Project by Blake posted 12-04-2007 01:25 AM 4242 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the “miter box” I reach for to cut quick, accurate miters or cross cuts in small and fine stock. I use a Japanese-style pull saw. The Japanese pull saws make extremely smooth cuts. This jig was made from scraps but I love how well it works. I highly recommend making one if you don’t have something like it already.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 12-04-2007 01:28 AM


dumb question…does the pull saw go in between the miters on the jig—-looks like the saw is too thick for the miters you have cut…but that must be it…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 12-04-2007 01:35 AM

Blake an adjustable piece of wood on the other side might be useful to keep the piece being cut against the miter block. I have found that when I push the saw back the wood wants to go with it.

I’ve used something like that for cutting dowels. I placed them in a saw kerf in the edge of a board and clamped the board in a vise.

Another block at the end could allow you to cut multiples of the same length. Then a tape measure glued could allow you to -

You get the idea. Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 12-04-2007 02:01 AM

Darn, just when I thought I was gonna get ahead on my shop made tools… Good Idea!

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#4 posted 12-04-2007 02:13 AM

Ok Blake . . . you are hard to keep up with today!

Very cool idea! I like Karson’s suggestion of the adjustable stop block to support and steady the work. Might consider a permanent block and a set of tapered wedges that could gently be tapped in to secure your stock. Either way I think it is a great addition to your saw.

Looks like you need a shooting board next . . . unless you already posted that and I missed it! LOL



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#5 posted 12-04-2007 03:19 AM

Ok guys, I like the ideas but… the reason I love this jig so much is that it is so simple!

It’s simplicity makes it even faster to use. My hand is the best, fastest, strongest, most accurate clamp I know of for tiny parts. I simply hold the workpiece firmly against the fence. The saw is so sharp I don’t have a problem with it pushing the wood. It only takes a few strokes to cut through the small stock I use it for. I don’t want something that takes two minutes to set up for each cut.

The complex jigs have there place but I find that some of my favorites are the least complex.

Simple to make, simple to use.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 12-04-2007 08:58 PM


This is a great idea! Thanks a lot for sharing your shop secrets with us.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#7 posted 12-04-2007 10:37 PM

Super idea, thanks for sharing it with us. I think even I might be able to build that one.

-- Brad,--"The way to eat an eliphant is one bite at a time"

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