Miter trimmer stand

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Project by dnick posted 08-02-2012 03:52 AM 4300 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a really simple thing,& probably not much interest to those who don’t have a miter trimmer. I have been making a lot of picture frames the last year & using a lot of small, ornate moldings. Even with my sliding miter sled & a 60 tooth blade, I was getting chipout ,especially on moldings with a bead. My friend loaned me his miter trimmer, & what a difference. So instead of borrowing his all the time, I bought one. Grizzley, $169. The main purpose for this stand is for the portability. It has this little handle, but the thing is heavy ( & I’m getting older) & I had this tendency to support the lift with the free hand, putting that hand exactly where it shouldn’t be. So the bottom piece of plywood is 2” shorter than the top at either end, allowing me to pick up & carry the stand with a hand on both ends. Also wanted to keep the handle & trimmer together, so I made a simple handle holder. The front trim is exactly the same height as the trimmer table to help support longer pieces. I don’t feel like I have to review the miter trimmer. It performs exactly as advertised. You can’t get a cleaner miter, or almost any angle, 90 degrees too.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#1 posted 08-02-2012 04:13 AM

Treat it with respect! I have had mine for over 20 years and slipped while lining up a part to trim yesterday. My fingernail caught on the blade and it sliced half of the nail and surrounding skin off so quick it barely hurt.
Great tool , they can shave a joint so smooth you can glue it and barely need clamps.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#2 posted 08-02-2012 08:57 AM

Nice tool, looks like it will serve you well for many yrs!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 08-02-2012 05:07 PM

I also slipped one time, major league sharp, i do like your stand must make this

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#4 posted 08-02-2012 09:22 PM

oh boy…I have a story. Not sure if I should share but what the heck. I’m 37 years old. When I was in 8th grade I took my first shop class. One of the kids in my class was in a wheelchair. We were using one of these but he couldn’t reach the handle, so asked me to do it for him. I did, but he wasn’t ready. A second later I hear a scream, look down, & see an entire thumb laying on the floor. Our shop teacher was an older…large diameter…guy. I never would have guessed the guy could move that quickly.

They were able to reattach the thumb, but the bad part of the story (for me…you know the bad part for him) was that his older brother was one of the local “bosses” for the Latin Kings. I kind of lived in the ghetto. I had gang members after me for a week, til his brother finally caught up with me. I told him what happened, it was an accident, etc., & he (surprisingly) called off the dogs.

So anyway…..that’s a nice looking miter trimmer stand.. ;)

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#5 posted 08-03-2012 02:58 AM

Wow, 4 comments & 3 of them are warnings. I hear you. I really like my fingers, I am an artist as well as a woodworker, so I always figure out the safest way to make any cut with a power tool, or I don’t do it & go to plan B. Slipping, I will keep that in mind. Don’t rush. Thank you.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#6 posted 08-03-2012 03:34 AM

I just used a refurbished antique version of this tool last weekend. WOW OH WOW, enjoy it!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#7 posted 08-04-2012 06:06 PM

One of the best tools I’ve ever owned. I’ve had mine for 30years. Don’t use it much now but it’s great for certain applications. Never got cut seriously but plenty of small nicks and cuts. I made a set of benches with one bench higher that the other the height of the trimmer. The benches are knee high so I can work off the floor and just the right height to get good leverage with the handle. It is by far one of the most dangerous tools that I use. I also made a dedicated wooden piece that fits between the knives that covers them to prevent inadvertent injuries when the trimmer is not in use. Use with care!!!!!

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#8 posted 08-07-2012 11:22 PM

I agree with the “use with care” part. I have one of these and find it to be very handy, but it can bite you if you aren’t paying attention. However, I don’t know anything else that allows you to fine tune a miter as well as you can with this tool. Works like a shooting board, only better.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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