What is a mitre box?

 
     
     
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 Wonkee Donkee Wooden Mitre Box used to cut precise 45 and 90° angles 

A mitre box is a tool that is used with a saw to enable you to make precision angled cuts (typically 22.5 degrees, 90 degrees and 45 degrees). 

 

Mitre boxes range in size from 12.7mm long by 51mm wide (0.5" x 2") to 325mm long by 180mm wide (12.5" x 7").

 
     
 Wonkee Donkee Mitre box and saw for producing 45 and 90° angles on skirtings and coving 

Mitre boxes are used with handsaws, typically tenon or dovetail saws, and are used as a guide for cutting straight or mitred joints.

 

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 Wonkee Donkee Mitre boxes come in a variety of guises 

Mitre boxes come in a variety of guises and with a range of features from simple wooden mitre boxes to specialist ones such as the magic mitre box. 

 
     
 Wonkee Donkee Mitre joint on a picture frame made using a mitre box 

A mitre joint is a joint made by cutting two workpieces at specific angles and then joining the two pieces together. The result is a joint that fits together to form a specific angle.

 

Typical 45 degree mitre joints are used on picture frames, skirting boards, and coving to create a neat 90 degree corner. 

 
     
 Wonkee Donkee Mitre boxes can be used with a variety of saws to cut most metals plastic and wood 

Mitre boxes can be made from wood (traditionally beech), plastic or even metal.  

 

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They can be used with a variety of saws to cut almost any material including wood, metal and plastic. 

 
     
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