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Old 08-11-2014, 10:14 AM  
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I have a lock miter bit but never use it because it is a bear to get it right. I use a regular 45 deg. bit and reinforce the joint with a tiny (tooth pick ) that disappears when the box is sanded , stained , and finished. On the larger boxes, I reinforce with either biscuits or dowels both hidden
The only reason I use the router for small boxes is that a spinning 10 inch saw blade for small work scares me for both kick back and /or amputation



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Old 08-11-2014, 05:52 PM  
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I have a lock miter bit but never use it because it is a bear to get it right. I use a regular 45 deg. bit and reinforce the joint with a tiny (tooth pick ) that disappears when the box is sanded , stained , and finished. On the larger boxes, I reinforce with either biscuits or dowels both hidden
The only reason I use the router for small boxes is that a spinning 10 inch saw blade for small work scares me for both kick back and /or amputation
But that is why you have so many spare fingers.


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Old 08-11-2014, 06:13 PM  
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"The only reason I use the router for small boxes is that a spinning 10 inch saw blade for small work scares me for both kick back and /or amputation"

This is exactly why I use the sled I made. Works perfectly. Extremely safe. Different strokes for different folks they say.


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Elbo - I would actually love to see a video of you doing this. I think I would have a hard time getting the four lengths right


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Old 08-12-2014, 01:04 PM  
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Sorry, no videos, but,
If you have a problem with getting the lengths right, try this:
glue several boards together, the length you need side by side, or 1 wide board with a sacrificial board on both sides, cut your 45's across the end grains, then rip the width you need.
You can do this with either a table saw, radial arm , or router



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