Home Improvements & Repairs : How to Use A Miter Box

Home Improvements & Repairs : How to Use A Miter Box


Okay, hi, I’m Tim Gipson and I’m going to
talk to you about how to use a miter box. In this case this is just a standard miter
box that you can pick up any home improvement store or hardware store and I have mounted
it to a piece of wood, scrap wood just to give it some stability to work with. Then
I am using it on a work surface with a carpet pad. Now this allows you to set it down and
be able to work on an area without it sliding around on you. Now with a miter box we can
make forty-five degree cuts or ninety degree cuts for cutting trim, things for, such as
making picture frames or trim around the house. When we’re using our miter box it’s a good
idea to take a thin piece of scrap wood and place in the bottom. This will allow you when
you’re making your cuts, it will keep you from cutting into your miter box and allow
you to make better use and keep your miter box usable over a longer period of time. Now
we’re getting ready to make our ninety degree and we mark our trim where we want to cut,
then we just want to line up our mark with the edge of the miter box and then you want
to use a back saw. The back saw what it does, it actually cuts on a forward motion, but
these are specifically designed to work with a miter box. Then what we want to do is we
want to just follow the miter box, make short smooth cuts. So short smooth cuts you can
see gives us a very good forty-five degree angle. When we cut our other pieces, it gives
you a very good job, joint. With a little bit of sanding, that makes a perfect ninety
degree angle. Again, we can also use this with a straight cut to cut off and then we’ve
got a side bevel for forty-five degree, so if you have wider pieces that you need to
lay down, you can also cut from that angle. So I’m Tim Gipson and that’s how to use a
miter box.

32 thoughts on “Home Improvements & Repairs : How to Use A Miter Box

  1. Thanks!! You rock, I was having a hard time remembering how to this, since the last time I saw it was watching the original this old house with my dad:)

  2. @brokenjaw1971 Good video and yes only for now-and-again type use or small projects. The tip about the thin piece of wood at the bottom is excellent. Also, I would find a place to screw it down somewhere and use that lip at the bottom to hook it on an edge of a work bench or old table because the stability it provides is priceless if you don't like doing things over and over because the shaky cuts don't fit well.

  3. Thank you so much for making this video. I bought a miter box and have made mitered corners, thanks to your great explanation!

  4. Thank you Tim Gibson. I keep asking my husband to gut some trim for our DIY project, and he hasn't. Now I will do it myself.

  5. The lip of the box is supposed to butt against the side of the table or wood to keep it all stable. The wood you're cutting is supposed to be against the far side of the miter box since, like he says, the cut is on the forward motion of the saw. That's not a 90 degree angle, it's a 45. The straight cut is 90. You should also have a 22.5. Man, come to think of it, you fucked up every part of this. But I like your idea to put a piece of wood on the bottom of the box. F+.

  6. Thank you SO much for this video!! I messed up the box by cutting through it! Now I know how not to do that again. You live and you learn I guess…. 🙂

  7. Why would you mount the box to a piece of wood and not clamp it to the bench? It's easy to see how much it moves around. You mounted the box in the middle of the wood slab, not accounting for the lip on the bottom of the box, making the entire thing sit on an angle – why? Why is the saw so small; is it the only one you have? Would not be surprised. Why are you telling folks they'll have accurate cuts when that simply is not true? Oh, yea, you told people to sand 'till the wood fits together. Must be due to the err… accuracy. Have you ever done this before? This video is embarrassing. Total cringe.

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