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Pull Saw Miter Box

Short lengths of molding can be awkward—and
sometimes dangerous—to cut with power tools. I’d
rather cut them by hand, using a Japanese pull saw and a
shop-made miter box.

Make the two guide blocks for the miter box from a
1-1/2" x 4" x 12" blank. (I glued two pieces of 3/4" plywood
together.) Crosscut the blank in half on the tablesaw
or with a miter saw. Next, using paper or playing
cards, make up two spacers that are exactly equal to the
thickness of your saw’s blade. (The blade of my saw is the
same thickness as one playing card.)

To glue the blocks to a base, place the spacers between
the blocks and clamp the blocks end-to-end. Next, clamp
a straight, stout piece of wood across the front of the
blocks to pull them into alignment. Finally, glue this
assembly down to the base. Don’t remove the spacers
until the glue is dry.

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