What are mitre boxes and mitre blocks used for?

 
     
     
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 Wonkee Donkee What are Mitre Boxes 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. 

 
     
 Wonkee Donkee Coving cut precisely using a mitre block 

Mitre boxes and mitre blocks are used when fitting coving to make neat 90 degree internal and external corners. 

 
     
 Wonkee Donkee Skirting board cut to size using a mitre box 

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. 

 
     
 Wonkee Donkee Dado panelling and rails cut precisely using a mitre box 

Dado panelling becomes much easier to install with the use of a mitre box to help with the 90 degree internal and external corners. 

 
     
 Wonkee Donkee Picture Frame made using a mitre box to create perfect 90° mitre joints 

A mitre box and fine-toothed saw enable you to make neat and precise 45 degree cuts to create picture and mirror frames. 

 
     
 Wonkee Donkee Octagon shapes can be created by using the 22.5 degree saw guide slot on a mitre box 

The 22.5 degree guide slots enable precise octagon shapes to be created.

 
     
 Wonkee Donkee Cutting PVC piping using a mitre box to ensure the cut is at 90° and therefore square 

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. 

 
     
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