In Search of the Perfect Mitre

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Project by Ed posted 08-03-2018 11:19 PM 1612 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In search of the perfect mitres….The wife wanted some picture frames so I thought I would experiment with some cheaper wood before I break out the Walnut and Maple and I’m glad I did. It was a lot harder than I thought! I ended up throwing away several attempts before It started getting a little better.

I tried cutting them variety of ways to achieve good mitres, but either they turned out bad or I just wasn’t happy with the outcome. I thought I could do better. So I kept at it.

I can see it is both frustrating, but at the same time fun to do. You eventually see some progress and that encouraged me to keep trying. I finally ended up getting much better results by building a 45° Mitre Sled and that method worked the best for me.

I’m going to break out the better wood and have another go at it.

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#1 posted 08-04-2018 02:55 AM

Nice looking piece. +1 on the Miter sled!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 08-04-2018 03:50 AM

The miters are only one half of the equation. The other half, and just as important, is the fact that the opposing sides MUST be exactly equal in length.

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#3 posted 08-04-2018 08:01 AM

Greta looking frames and bravo for your persistence.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 08-04-2018 09:22 AM

When cutting any steep angle on a TS make sure you can secure the work so the action of the blade cutting through does not allow for any creep. Unsecured the movement of the blade through the wood allows the stock to creep, it’s just slight usually, but plays the devil with the degree of angle you get in the end.

A sled can more easily allow you to clamp the piece, but many just cut really close to final, and using a shooting board, or a device like a Lion Miter trimmer make the very final cut. The secondary advantage to using a shooting board or a Lion is with a sharp blade you are ready to join, no extra prep on the cut end of the stock is usually needed.

Keep at it, as already mentioned bravo for your persistence, and Congrats on your 3.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 08-06-2018 02:17 PM

Thank you all for the tips and encouragement!

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#6 posted 08-09-2018 05:40 PM

Great work, miters are always so hard to get right

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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