What are mitre boxes and mitre blocks used for?
Mitre blocks and mitre boxes are tools that are used in conjunction with a saw to enable you to make precision angled cuts (typically 22.5degrees, 90 degrees and 45 degrees). They are typically used when fitting coving, skirting boards or dado rails when a 90 degree or 45 degree internal or external corner is required.
Mitre boxes and mitre blocks are used when fitting coving to make neat 90 degree internal and external corners.
Using a mitre box or mitre block when cutting internal or external corners on skirting boards creates a neat, precise finish.
A mitre box removes any guesswork in creating the angle required as the guide slots ensure the correct angle is always cut and they also prevent the saw blade from wandering across the workpiece.
Dado panelling becomes much easier to install with the use of a mitre box to help with the 90 degree internal and external corners.
A mitre box and fine-toothed saw enable you to make neat and precise 45 degree cuts to create picture and mirror frames.
The 22.5 degree guide slots enable precise octagon shapes to be created.
A mitre box or block can also be used to obtain straight 90 degree cuts in, for example, plastic piping, which is essential when joining plastic pipe and a waterproof seal is required.