I am making a stand alone kitchen pantry for my daughter and son-in-law out
of oak plywood. I plan to dress the visible edges with strips of 1/8" solid
oak. For those of you who have done this before, do you butt the oak trim at
the corners or do you miter it? If you miter it, what do you make the cuts
with? I have a hand miter box but the saw is still too coarse to cut
something that thin. I guess I could make a 45 degree cut on a wide board
and then cut off the 1/8" strips if it is worth the trouble because mitered
corners look that much better than butting the edges. What do you think?
Assuming you have a table saw you can make yourself a miter sled that
will do it. Picture a piece of plywood straddling the two miter slots
with runners that slide in them, then add another piece of plywood at
a 45 degree angle such that the point is centered on the blade.
Normally this would allow you to cut complementary angles ensuring a
perfect 90 degree corner even if you didn't perfectly align the jig to
45 degrees, but given the length of the pieces you are cutting
depending on how much room around the saw you have you may have to
make do with cutting them all on one side. The jig will provide
enough support that cutting thin material is no problem. However I
think butt joints would look just as good in this application.
You could make balls-on accurate miters with a shooting board set up for
45 degree miters. I have a straight shooting board that converts to a
miter shooting board by screwing on a wide board that is mitered to a
perfect 45. No tearout, and no angle mistakes.
Miter the corners. Something that thin needs a fine-toothed saw blade
such as a dovetail saw--even a hacksaw might work well. One-eighth
inch is a bit narrow--I'd use 1/4" thick or more. You can also back
the strips up with scrap for more support while cutting. Best tool is
be a miter slicer, the kind used in making picture frames.
Depends. If it is something like a shelf where one doesn't see the
sides I butt. Come to think of it, I almost always butt even if the
sides *do* show.
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Haven't read all the responses, so maybe this has already been suggested...
I do this a lot, and for really critical work, I use a modeler's razor saw
and a homemade miter box.You can buy a very fine tooth modeler's saw from
any hobby shop and make a 45 degree miter box in about 10 mins. For most
stuff, I just butt the corners. When its sanded and the corner is broke, its
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