Lee Valley & Veritas
Woodworking Newsletter
  Volume 8, Issue 3 - January 2014    
Interesting Read
Excerpt from Short Cuts in Carpentry by Albert Fair, 1909. (Republished by Algrove Publishing Limited, 1998.)

How to Make a Mitre Box

Although the construction of this labor- and time-saving device seems at a glance to be very simple, a great deal of care must be exercised in the making of a mitre box.

But very few tools are required in making a mitre box, and even the handyman about the house generally has the requisites.

Below are given two methods of making a mitre box. The object of this is to show that a box can be made with different tools.

Fig. 7
Fig. 7 shows a full working drawing of a mitre box. The simplest way of making a mitre box is with the use of a mitre try-square (Fig. 8). This tool has been on the market for a number of years; room should be made for it in every carpenter's tool chest. With the use of this tool, a saw, and a hammer and nails, any handy person can make a picture frame.

Fig. 8
For the ordinary mitre box, take three boards, the two for the sides being 1/2"x15"x5"; the bottom piece should be 1"x15"x4". The box when put together will be 5 inches wide from side to side. Now mark off 5 inches, AB, on any part of one of the sides (Fig. 7). Then place the mitred try-square at A and mark from A to C, E to G. Also from B to H, F to J. Now place the square on A and mark side to K; also from B to L. The same operation is employed on the other side from the points G and J.

Fig. 9
The box is now ready for the sawing of the mitre cuts, with which much care must be taken.
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