Is there such an animal as a small miter box? Maybe a 4" blade?
I'm doing lots of trim work in the house and I'd like to bring a small
portable power miter box into the various rooms without lugging my 12"
Maybe it'll make less sawdust, too :)
Tried that (gasp). Bought a real expensive manual miter box and back
saw, and I still use it for reall small jobs. But I'm cross cutting
1" x 4" red oak (lots of trim), and I have not been able to get nice
clean cuts with a hand miter box (I know its a poor craftsman that
blames his tools) ..it doesn't help that both my shoulders have torn
rotator cuffs so it really hurts to hand miter for long periods of
Plus how can one cut odd angles on a manual miter box? I'm sure
there's a way.
You could also use a 45 degree shooting board as a saw guide for a back-saw
and then clean up the cuts with a hand plane and the shooting board. Angles
can be adjusted with shims as needed. With a little practice this works well
and pretty quickly. Alternatively, a back-saw miter box and a guillotine
cutter to clean up the cuts.
I used the shooting board and plane with 1X4 oak and with a sharp iron it
cleans up real nice... you can see the pores in the wood.
Lie-Nielson sells a DVD on shooting boards that features David
Charlesworth... One viewing is probably all you'll need to understand the
concept and process.
After using a shooting board for about a year and a half I wonder how I ever
got by without one! What made it really sweet was I got an L-N No 7 from Tom
L-N at my club's Woodworker's Showcase show this past March... I clean up
the square cut ends of boards before hand dovetailing them as it makes the
ends real smooth and a pencil or knife mark is easy to see. It sweetens
miters beautifully. I pretty much use the No 7 and shooting board wherever
an opportunity presents itself as the quality of my work is better for the
Proxxon makes a ~3" one, but it only has a 1" width capacity at 90
degrees. You can find it on micromark.com, and it's not cheap :)
They also have an 8" saw on there that is really cheap (on sale for
$50 right now), but I suspect it's junk. Plus you'd need to replace
the 24 tooth blade it comes with. Only 15 pounds though, might be
good enough for what the OP wants.
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