Any one still use a Miter Trimmer

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Forum topic by JustplaneJeff posted 01-30-2018 01:13 AM 1125 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2018 01:13 AM

Picked this up at an auction a couple years ago, recently had to build 20 mitered cabinet doors and it came in handy at producing perfect 45 degree miters which I joined together with floating tenons. Sometimes “old school” still works.

-- JustplaneJeff

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#1 posted 01-30-2018 01:22 AM

I bought one 30 years ago. an AMT and absolutely love it. Most under appreciated tool in the workshop.

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#2 posted 01-30-2018 01:55 AM

have one in each work truck for doing paint grade base in some of our work, i have used it for small stain grade trim, but really only small stuff.
one of the best tools invented, jmo
Rj in az.

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#3 posted 01-30-2018 11:38 AM

I got mine off eBay and it does an amazing job at finishing a miter. It took a little while to get the fence set dead on to 45 degrees, but after that every joint is perfect. The only thing I have to do is be sure that opposing pieces of a frame are exactly the same length. That is pretty easy when you can shave off a slice of wood you can see through.

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#4 posted 01-30-2018 11:46 AM

I have a Dosch (a little known copy of the Lion) and while it doesn’t get used everyday, it has been handy. I especially like it for really small moldings that I won’t cut on a saw.

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#5 posted 01-30-2018 11:52 AM

They still make them new, but I am not sure if the new ones are as good as the older models. I have got to get me one of them things!!!!

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#6 posted 01-30-2018 12:06 PM

Does that really work better than a miter saw?

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#7 posted 01-30-2018 12:32 PM

Does that really work better than a miter saw?

- Gilley23


You generally use a saw first to rough cut the miter and then finish with the trimmer. With a sharp blade the surface of the cuts is as smooth as glass and the angle will be spot on. Similar to the results using a plane and a shooting board. The blade in my miter saw does a really good job as does the blade in the table saw with my miter sled. If the piece will fit it usually gets the final tuning with the Lion trimmer.

An additional comment. We have had several recent threads that talk about accuracy and there is the admonition to cut up to the mark and not through it. That is sometimes not so easy to see on the saw, but it is a piece of cake with the trimmer (or a shooting board). You can easily see exactly where the cut will be made and you.can approach the mark in very small increments.

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#8 posted 01-30-2018 04:12 PM

absolutely i bought one from a company going out of business at half price.they are great for making a razor sharp miter on frames, boxes etc. well worth the money in my opinion.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#9 posted 01-30-2018 04:15 PM

Our Shop here in N Calif Retirerment Community
has one and those who now how to use it swear by it.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#10 posted 01-30-2018 04:25 PM

I have mine for over 35 years, used it when i had to trim out a complete oak trim in a custom house love it.

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#11 posted 01-31-2018 01:48 AM

You may see in the picture that I have a piece of blue painters tape close to the blade. The reason I did this is it really brought the face of the miter together for a good looking joint. Worked like a charm. Was lucky to purchase my trimmer with extremely sharp blades plus an extra set. I do like this tool.

-- JustplaneJeff

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