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Old 10-22-2009, 08:24 PM   #1
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How to make a miter box tut.

Were going to make a miter box! This one is mainly for slotting frets, which is why it's on the smaller side. Simple and easy to build too, while saving you a good bit compared to the stew mac one.


This is the basic layout. You'll need some wood obviously, and clamps/glue, or screws/nails, your choice, as well as about 30ish minutes to do this, depending on your build speed (only took me 10 + drying time )

I used 3/4" thick ply for the bottom piece, cut out about 3"wide, and 1/2" ply for the sides.

First thing is first, cut 'er out.


Now take the two sides, and screw them together.


Using a sander of some sort, (sand paper works too) sand them till there even.Also, take a handsaw of some sort, and carefully cut on the center of each at a 90* angle, (dont have a pic, sorry) then un-screw them.


You'll also want to make sure your bottom piece is flat the whole way across, if not, sand/plane it even, or run it threw the table saw once, if you have only one that's not flat.


Now mark the center line on each piece.



Then test fit, glue, and clamp!



When it's dry, un-clamp, and viola! a miter box.




I plan on updating this to a more complicated version later. Will allow for any angle, and a couple other nifty features.

Hope you enjoyed, ask any questions if your not sure about something.
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:29 PM   #2
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YES! Thanks so much for this
It seems very easy too, which is a good thing
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Also, take a handsaw of some sort, and carefully cut on the center of each at a 90* angle

Do you think it would be good to use the fretsaw to cut this, so its the same width as the fret slots, or does it not really matter?

And to control the depth of the fret slot, do you use the depth stop on the saw?
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:35 PM   #3
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YES! Thanks so much for this
It seems very easy too, which is a good thing

Do you think it would be good to use the fretsaw to cut this, so its the same width as the fret slots, or does it not really matter?

And to control the depth of the fret slot, do you use the depth stop on the saw?



I don't really think it matters, as long as it's not massively larger the the blade your using.
you could use the depth stop, but i don't think it would work in this config. I personally just put a index card in the slot with a preferred slot depth already drawn on it. So i just pop it in, and see if the board is to where the line is. If not, keep cutting.
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I don't really think it matters, as long as it's not massively larger the the blade your using.
you could use the depth stop, but i don't think it would work in this config. I personally just put a index card in the slot with a preferred slot depth already drawn on it. So i just pop it in, and see if the board is to where the line is. If not, keep cutting.

Thats a good idea

Im gonna make this jig before I order my neck woods so now I can make perfect fret slots
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:34 PM   #5
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Would this work with a Sliding Mitre saw?
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Old 10-23-2009, 02:52 AM   #6
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When I made mine, I had the top of the sides as the depth stop so that the saw is unable to saw any further. I'll upload a pic in a sec.


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Old 10-23-2009, 06:24 PM   #8
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Nice!!!!!!!! Good Job Bobby!!!!
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