How to Make a Miter Box

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A miter box is a handy tool used to guide your handsaw when making precise cuts. Slots cut in the box at precise angles guide your saw blade to ensure a perfect cut every time. Although you can buy a miter box at any hardware store, you can also quickly make your own with scrap wood. Follow these steps to easily make a miter box.

Things You'll Need

  • Scrape Wood
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Combination Square
  • Pen
  • Handsaw
  • Find three pieces of scrap wood that at are least the necessary length and height you require for your miter box. A good choice is 1-by-4 inch boards.

  • Cut the three boards the same length. You can cut them any length that is useful for your project. Longer boards will accommodate more guides.

  • Lay one board flat, and stand the other two boards on their long edge. Nail the two upright boards to either side of the flat board, forming a U shape.

  • Measure each desired angle using a combination square and mark the cuts to be made on the miter box. You can measure any angle you need for your project, but 45-degree angles and 90-degree angles are the most common.

  • Use a handsaw to carefully cut each marked angle. Cut through the sideboards to (but not through) the bottom baseboard.

  • Nail small strips of wood across the top opening of the miter box, if desired, to provide additional strength.

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