How do you make the perfect miter cut?

Worst miter corner cutter ever

  4 answers
  • Brenda L Herrling Brenda L Herrling on May 24, 2017
    STEP 1.
    I start by setting my saw to 45 degrees to make a four-sided frame, which I verify by making two test cuts and checking the resulting corner with a reliable square.
    STEP 2.
    I make a single miter cut on one end of each of the four frame pieces, and reserve an offcut for use as a stop block.
    STEP 3.
    With the mitered offcut clamped in place, acting as a stop block, I cut the other four miters. Sometimes, it is difficult to position the stop block exactly where it is needed right away, so I often make a few test cuts, moving the stop block closer to the blade after each cut.
    Although miters may seem complicated, once you break down what makes a successful joint, I think that you'll find cutting miters fun and easy.

  • Marcie Marcie on May 24, 2017
    Tools make all the difference. Being a beginner wood worker, when I've used a table saw (borrowed), and set it at a 45 degree angle, I got really perfect cuts. I 've also used those yellow hand saw guides (plastic). Not as perfect, but still did pretty good.

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Jun 04, 2017
    Measure twice, cut once. Use the proper tools and a good saw. Practice on scrap wood. Best of luck.