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Posted on Accuracy: Miter saw vs TS Miter sled

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#1 posted 11-20-2018 11:31 PM

This caught my eye recently, if you do a lot of frames it seems like a handy setup. Not a replacement for a sled or good miter gauge though

- GrantA

one of the better investments I ever made was the old cast iron guillotine trimmer.
if you plan to do much precise miter work, it is well worth checking into.



- John Smith

It s the other way around…a miter or table saw, no matter what you do to it, is not a replacement for that tool. I also make a lot of picture frames {year around} and there is no way I would do it without a miter trimmer. I got mine from Rockler. It wasn t exactly cheap, but it will make perfect miters every time. You still have to cut a 45 close to the length, you don t use the trimmer to cut through a solid board at 45 degrees. It will shave a very thin “see thru” piece of wood off the frame or you can shave off like 1/8” if you have to, but it works better taking a little at a time.
One other suggestion is to make a framing table to glue the frames together…it is very easy and works way better than any store bought clamp set up.

Edit: one last piece of info, you really must make certain that you are working with dead perfect straight and square boards before you try to miter them into a frame. Any aspect of the wood that is not perfectly straight and dead perfect square will not result in a perfect miter.

- msinc

Thank you, that is helpful info. I’m looking into those miter trimmers now, it seems my first impression might’ve been a bit off. That might be the way to go.

I appreciate the info from all.

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