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What is a miter box saw used for?

Last Updated: 14th May, 2020

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A mitre box (US spelling, "miter box") is a wood working tool used to guide a hand saw to make precise mitre cuts in a board.

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Thereof, what can you use a miter saw for?

A power miter saw, also known as a drop saw, is a power tool used to make a quick, accurate crosscut in a workpiece at a selected angle. It is commonly used for cutting of molding and trim. Most miter saws are relatively small and portable, with common blade sizes ranging from eight to twelve inches.

Also Know, when was the miter box invented? Langdon Mitre Box Company, 1865-1875. Although Leander W. Langdon is credited with the invention of the cast iron miter box that bears his name, there is no hard evidence to indicate that he was involved in its ongoing manufacture.

Also asked, can you use a miter saw like a table saw?

Miter saws are made to be precise when cutting angled cuts. A table saw will also do angles but not as accurately as the miter saw. You can also swing a miter saw blade both ways for angles, the blade only tilts one way so you do a lot more "handling" of the materials you are working with. Both saws have their place.

How do you carry a miter saw?

Carry a miter saw by the base Some saws have handles near the top so you can lug them like a suitcase, but get into the habit of carrying them by the base instead. It's easier on your back and won't beat up the side of your leg. It's also easier to get through door openings without banging up the trim.

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Bixente Casanellas

Professional

Should I buy a miter saw or table saw?

When it comes to this face-off, should you buy a table saw or a miter saw? A table saw can make longer cuts, while a miter saw excels in making short, beveled and angled cuts. A Table saw can make those same cuts if you have a jig, but it is more cumbersome.

Jose Quartieri

Professional

Can you rip with a miter saw?

You can't use a rip blade for on a miter saw because the design of a miter saw is such that wood lays across its blade path and not along it. For this reason, you will not use a miter saw for ripping. Miter saws are powerful tools because they transcend regular carpentry jobs like cutting two-by-fours.

Jamileth Vallbona

Explainer

Does a miter saw have to be bolted down?

No need to bolt it down. One note- You have a sliding miter saw. Its best to pull it to you, then trigger the blade, then put the blade down and push it through the wood. Don't pull it towards you with the blade on.

Anchel Loguegaray

Pundit

Will a 10 miter saw cut a 4x4?

While a 10 inch blade on a miter saw can cut through a 4×4 in one or two steps, this may not be enough from a practical standpoint. If you want to get the job done faster and smoother you should definitely consider either a 12 inch miter saw of any type or a 10 inch sliding miter saw.

Lulu Croonen

Pundit

What is the difference between a chop saw and a miter saw?

Chop saws are really powerful and are most often used in metal cutting. They have a larger motor and bigger blade than a miter saw and can cut through wood as well as large sheets or thick pieces of metal. The major difference between a chop saw and a miter saw is that chop saws are only able to make 90-degree cuts.

Alona Landabat

Pundit

Can I use a miter saw as a chop saw?

The main difference between a chop saw and a miter saw is that a miter saw can rotate and produce angled cuts (or 'miters' … hence the name). Chop saws only cut straight, 90-degree angles. Most often used with abrasive metal cut-off wheels, chop saws are hardy machines that will cut through just about anything.

Antxoka Tillet

Pundit

Do you need a stand for a miter saw?

In short, you need a miter saw stand because it offers: Accuracy. Stability. Ease of cutting longer work piece.

Olavo Rousseaux

Pundit

Can you make straight cuts with a miter saw?

A straight cut is a 90° angle. Miter cuts are when you make an angled cut across the width of the board. Most Miter saws will also do bevel cuts, which is a cut across the thickness. Now you can use most circular saw to do bevel and miter cuts, but I never have.

Rebeka Baethge

Teacher

How do you cut a 45 degree angle in wood without a miter box?

How to Cut Without a Miter Box
  1. Predrill four nail holes with your pilot bit in each of your corner-block trim pieces.
  2. Stand a block in one corner of the room.
  3. Measure between two of the corner blocks, from the inside edge of each, using a tape measure.
  4. Mark straight lines across the trim at both marks.
  5. Cut the trim with a circular saw.

Jocelyn Carrasquinha

Reviewer

How do you make a picture frame with a miter box?

Here are the simple steps for making your own picture frames.
  1. STEP 1 – Set Up Your Miter Box.
  2. STEP 2: Measure How Wide to Cut Your DIY Picture Frame.
  3. STEP 3: Cut the Right Side of the Picture Frame.
  4. STEP 4: Cut and Glue the Pieces of the DIY Picture Frame.
  5. STEP 6: Cut Out a Piece of Cardboard.

Bolivia Bohm

Reviewer

What is the best Mitre box?

Best Sellers in Mitre Boxes
  • #1.
  • Draper 55076 Mega Mitre Box (325 x 180 x 60 mm)
  • Stanley Clamping Mitre Box 1 20 112.
  • Linic UK Made Maxi Mitre Block Box 45 & 90 Degree 102 x 102mm x 320mm.
  • Silverline 335464 Mitre Box and Saw 300 x 90 mm.
  • Draper 48677 Mini Mitre Box.
  • Draper 45238 230MM BEECHWOOD MITRE BOX.

Curro Jitarev

Reviewer

How do you cut large Mitre joints?

Lay out the mitre joint across all faces of the beam or box - use a sharp pencil and a combination square. Use a sharp knife to cut the wood fibers at the line, and then use a sharp chisel to chop down at the correct angle (by eye) along the sides and top and bottom (angling towards the center at top and bottom).

Italo Jang

Supporter

Can you cut a 2x4 with a miter saw?

Typically, a 10-inch miter saw will cut a 2 x 6 at 90 degrees and a 2 x 4 at 45 degrees; a 12-inch miter saw will cut a 2 x 8 at 90 degrees and a 2 x 6 at 45 degrees.

Aurimas Los

Beginner

How wide is a miter box?

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Ava Puschl

Beginner

What does Mitre stand for?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research

Doramas Furmansk

Beginner

How do you cut crown molding with a miter box?

Cut an Inside or Outside Corner
To cut the molding at an angle for an inside or outside corner, place it in a miter box upside down and braced against the bottom and side of the box, as if it were angled against a ceiling and wall. Using a handsaw, cut the molding at a 45-degree angle.

Ivet Chukhray

Beginner

What can I do with a miter saw?

A miter saw is a specialized tool that lets you make cuts at a variety of angles. The saw has a blade mounted on a swing arm that pivots left or right to produce angled cuts. You can use a miter saw to quickly make cuts for crown moulding, picture frames, door frames, window casings and more.

Yuli Groden

Beginner

Why is it called a miter saw?

A miter saw (also known as a "mitre" outside of the United States) is a saw used to make accurate crosscuts and miters in a workpiece by pulling a large backsaw or a mounted circular saw blade down onto a board in a quick motion.

Xaver Bogsch

Beginner

What is Max cross cut?

To get the max cross-cut (how large of lumber will it cut in one pass) you have to have how wide the lumber is by how deep the lumber is. So the max that saw will cut is 92mm deep X 310mm wide (or ~3-1/2" by 12-1/4").