Issue 432

Issue 432

Miter Madness

Rob-Portrait351Can I admit something that is pretty embarrassing … I am bad at making miter joints. OK, when I focus and pay attention I can do just fine at accurately cutting what I call the most annoying joint in woodworking … but often, I get them wrong on the first go-around. My first and most common mistake is thinking that preset detents are accurate. This invariably leads to trouble and starts me down a long and grouchy path.

I do have a couple of jigs that I’ve built for my table saw that cut dead-on miters … but that means taking off the guard and walking all the way to the storage room. So instead I set up my miter gauge on the table saw and once again find that I need something a bit more accurate. I know, I have been woodworking for 40 years or so, why do I have this mental block on miters? Your guess is as good as mine, but while you are guessing, why don’t you share with me your miter cutting technique … maybe you will share something that will get me off the miter schneid.

One can only hope.

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

Click here for Free Plans!

Today's Woodworker

Tricks of the Trade

What's In Store

Q & A

Reader's Project Gallery