How to Use a Miter Box

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With today’s obsession with power tools, many people have forgotten about tools that used to be common place for home improvement projects. The miter box is one of them. Before the invention of the miter saw, this nifty device was use to create perfect angles in a piece of wood. Not only is the miter box inexpensive at only $8, it is also an earth-friendly way to complete the woodworking jobs you need to do.

Mark your Wood

Start by simply marking your wood where you need to have it cut. Typically, this requires getting out the tape measure and marking a specific length. It is typically best to use a pencil to mark your wood, as it allows you to remove the mark so it doesn’t interfere with the esthetics of the piece of wood you are cutting.

Place it

Once your wood is marked, place it in the center of your miter box between the slotted sides. Then, push your wood so it is completely flush against the side of the box. If you have them available, use clamps to secure the wood in place so it does not move when you go to cut it. This will keep your cut straight and prevent mishaps that will force you to re-cut the wood.

Select your Desired Angel

Now that your wood is in place, find the angle you need to cut at. For most woodwork 45 and 90 degree angles are the ones you will be using most. Once you have located the angle that you need, shift your wood so your markings line up next to the desired slotted space.


After you have lined up your wood to the correct angle, all you need to do is cut. Typically, you want to use a hand saw for this job. Place the saw in the slots for the angle you want. Press down slightly and begin moving the saw in a back and forth motion until you have cut through the wood. Always be careful when you are working with a saw as it can cause severe injury if not handled properly.

Once you have followed these steps, you can continue with your woodworking project. Your miter box will be there for you the next time you need it, even without electricity. So you can congratulate yourself on successfully using an inexpensive, Eco-friendly option for your home improvement projects.


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