I Can Do That: Mitered CD/DVD Rack


Two tricks for taming miter joints.
By Robert W. Lang
Pages: 28-29

From the June 2008 issue #169
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Learning a new skill is often a matter of getting past the scary part. If you can reduce the number of things that can go wrong, you become comfortable enough to push past what once seemed an insurmountable obstacle. Miter joints are never a walk in the park, but they don’t have to be a middle-of-the-night trip through the cemetery.

A four-sided frame or box is the usual starting point for mitered joinery. In this scenario, the beginner will likely be frustrated by tiny errors in the degree of angle or the length of the parts. Any errors made will show up in the last joint to be closed.

At this point errors aren’t tiny any more. On a square frame with 12″ sides, even with only 1?10° of error, the gap at the last corner will still be 1/8″. The degree of perfection required is obtainable, but there are two other hurdles to overcome for successful mitering.

This I Can Do That project addresses the two problems that can cause even perfectly cut miters to fail: Getting a strong glue joint and clamping the corners together. There is a simple solution for each, and knowing these will make getting perfect corners easier.


From the June 2008 issue #169
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