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Half-lap miter joint combines the looks of a miter with the strength of a half-lap joint. How to cut the joint using a router and a template.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER May-Jun 1988 (v.4#2) pg. 43
Correction AMERICAN WOODWORKER Jul-Aug 1988 (v.4#3) pg. 5

Making blind mitered dovetail joints which combine the look of a miter joint with the strength of dovetails.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #23 Nov-Dec 1991 pg. 42

Simple method for bisecting angles for mitering moldings.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #25 Mar-Apr 1992 pg. 10

Miter biscuit-joint jig. A safe way to cut perfect biscuit slots in miter joints using a portable biscuit joiner.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #47 Oct 1995 pg. 120

Tip on making several identical short work pieces with mitered ends by using a gauge to check the size.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #56 Dec 1996 pg. 32

Band saw jig to cut miniature spline miters.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #68 Oct 1998 pg. 36

Lock miters. This simple set-up process guarantees perfectly routed joints.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #79 Apr 2000 pg. 57

Make invisible corner joints when installing a face frame on a cabinet by using a miter joint between the face frame and the cabinet side.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #81 Aug 2000 pg. 78

Workshop geometry. Designing hoppers for use as planters, concrete forms, etc. They usually involve cutting miters and cross-sections which are larger at the top than at the bottom.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Sep 1983 (v.6#12) pg. 11

Table saw jig to cut the slots for keyed miter joints.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Apr 1994 (v.17#7) pg. 14

Tip on strengthening a miter joint by adding two exposed biscuit "keys" to the wrong side (back side) of the item.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1994 (v.18#3) pg. 15

Mastering the art of wood joinery. Part 2. Preparation and cutting of miters, rabbets, cross-laps and dovetails.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #90 Feb 1966 (v.16#1) pg. 46

Installing finish trim. Master these basic cutting and installation techniques and you will be able to apply finish trim with expert accuracy. Cutting miters. Applying door casing and window trim. Installing baseboards.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #291 Sep 1988 (v.38#7) pg. 57

Using jigs and a router to cut a lot of double-angle miters with speed and accuracy.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #15 Jun-Jul 1983 pg. 18

Tip: How to made the compound angle cuts found on the jacks of a gable.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #16 Aug-Sep 1983 pg. 8

Tip: Use bamboo skewers (instead of nails or screws) to reinforce the mitered corner of a frame or molding that will need planing, carving, or routing.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #26 Apr-May 1985 pg. 16

Tip on using a simple jig consisting of two mitered 2x4 pieces to cut an accurate 45-degree bevel on rubber cove base.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #70 Oct-Nov 1991 pg. 34

Jig for making accurate measurements starting at the short point on a mitered piece of trim.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #106 Dec 1996-Jan 1997 pg. 30

Tip for clamping the splined miter joint without requiring a special miter clamp.
FINE WOODWORKING #5 Winter 1976 pg. 14

Simple jig aids in routing the slots for splines in miter joints.
FINE WOODWORKING #8 Fall 1977 pg. 18

Jointing decorative strips. Simple jig is used to sand accurate 90 or 45-degree miters on the ends of decorative wood strips which are going to be inlaid or used as decorative binding.
FINE WOODWORKING #13 Nov 1978 pg. 16

Tip: How to calculate the correct angle to miter two pieces of plywood, of different thicknesses, so that their inside and outside edges will line up exactly.
FINE WOODWORKING #22 May-Jun 1980 pg. 71

Spline-mitered joinery solves design and construction problems with leg-and-apron structures.
FINE WOODWORKING #27 Mar-Apr 1981 pg. 62

How to cut miters and spline grooves with a router and a simple homemade jig.
FINE WOODWORKING #33 Mar-Apr 1982 pg. 12

The scribed joint. Used to mask (hide) wood movement in molded frames.
FINE WOODWORKING #33 Mar-Apr 1982 pg. 76

Router-based method for cutting the slots in splined miter joints guarantees an accurate fit.
FINE WOODWORKING #35 Jul-Aug 1982 pg. 14

Three decorative joints. (1) Outlined dovetails. (2) Outlined mortise-and-tenon slipjoint. (3) Decorative splined miters.
FINE WOODWORKING #35 Jul-Aug 1982 pg. 68

A simple jig for routing blind spline slots in spline-mitered frames.
FINE WOODWORKING #44 Jan-Feb 1984 pg. 10

Making a blind finger joint. A mitered joint hides the router-cut fingers.
FINE WOODWORKING #46 May-Jun 1984 pg. 70

Joining molding. Coping with corners and complex miters.
FINE WOODWORKING #74 Jan-Feb 1989 pg. 68

Laying out compound joints. Determining the compound-angle cuts needed to join splayed sides.
FINE WOODWORKING #76 May-Jun 1989 pg. 65
Correction FINE WOODWORKING #77 Jul-Aug 1989 pg. 28

Jig for cutting biscuit slots in mitered frames using a table-mounted router.
FINE WOODWORKING #82 May-Jun 1990 pg. 16

Router jig for cutting bevels or miter joints on large plywood panels.
FINE WOODWORKING #82 May-Jun 1990 pg. 70

How to neatly miter veneer edge strips at the corners of a carcase.
FINE WOODWORKING #85 Nov-Dec 1990 pg. 16

Technique and simple jig for making perfect picture-frame miters on a radial arm saw.
FINE WOODWORKING #86 Jan-Feb 1991 pg. 14
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #93 Mar-Apr 1992 pg. 14

Jig for coping miter joints using a router.
FINE WOODWORKING #89 Jul-Aug 1991 pg. 20

Method for using a router table and slot-cutting bit to cut the key slot to reinforce a miter joint.
FINE WOODWORKING #95 Jul-Aug 1992 pg. 18

Improved technique for making a staved cylinder involves cutting the miter joint using a dado blade.
FINE WOODWORKING #97 Nov-Dec 1992 pg. 22

Shooting board which doubles as a bench hook facilitates the making of perfect miter joints using a hand plane and handsaw.
FINE WOODWORKING #106 May-Jun 1994 pg. 72

Tip on reinforcing a miter joint with a biscuit cut in half.
FINE WOODWORKING #110 Jan-Feb 1995 pg. 28

Adjustable jig for making picture frames speeds up the marking of miter lines.
FINE WOODWORKING #112 May-Jun 1995 pg. 20

Strong, no clamp-up corner joints for case work. A unique way to achieve perfect table sawn miters on large panels. The panels are then assembled using glue and clear packaging tape (in place of clamps).
FINE WOODWORKING #129 Mar-Apr 1998 pg. 62

Easy wood joints and how to make them without power tools. Covers butt joints, miter joints, lap joints, rabbet joints, dados, and mortise-and-tenon joints.
HANDY ANDY Nov 1978 (v.3#2) pg. 69

Tip on constructing a false miter joint between a crest rail and post on a spindle chair.
HOME FURNITURE #6 Spring 1996 pg. 52

Mitering for a flush tabletop. Three-way miter joint between the legs and top rails of a table is based on a feature found in Ming dynasty furniture.
HOME FURNITURE #10 Apr 1997 pg. 52

Two Chinese tables balance delicacy and strength. Drawing details the combination miter and mortise-and-tenon joints which lock together the corners of the top frame with the delicate legs.
HOME FURNITURE #12 Aug-Sep 1997 pg. 63

Chart of settings (in degrees) to be used for compound miters and bevels & miter.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jul-Aug 1981 (v.6#4) pg. 82

Tip on using two separate miter gauges when cutting miters on a table saw.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May-Jun 1992 (v.20#3) pg. 28

Shortcut method of mitering corners on screen molding that is faster than using a miter box.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1993 (v.21#4) pg. 58

Table of saw-tilt and miter gauge setting for compound angles from 5- to 60-degrees in 5-degree increments. Photo shows proper method for making the cuts.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1976 (v.146#1) pg. 90

How to repair a miscut miter when making picture frames.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1982 (v.157#5) pg. 118

How to cut rabbet-miter joints. Step-by-step instructions for the simple, locked, and housed style joints.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1967 (v.190#5) pg. 151

How to calculate radial arm saw angles for compound miters. Use for regular shapes from 3 to 15 sides.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1980 (v.216#6) pg. 110

Tip on reinforcing the corner miter joints found on lightweight flat and narrow frames with half biscuits installed on the backside.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #76 Jan 1994 (v.13#4) pg. 9

Tip shows how to use slightly inaccurate 45-degree cuts to form a 90-degree miter joint.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #90 May 1996 (v.16#2) pg. 11

Make perfect miters. An inexpensive sanding disc turns a table saw into a precision miter machine for making picture frames. Layout board with framing blocks outline the shape of the finished frame. Rough-cut pieces of molding are then fitted perfectly using the sanding process.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #93 Nov 1996 (v.16#5) pg. 16

Your guide to cutting perfect miter joints. Includes a miter-cutting jig for your table or radial arm saw. Also includes several ways to reinforce your miter joints using splines or dovetail keys.
WOOD MAGAZINE #2 Nov-Dec 1984 (v.1#2) pg. 45

Tip: Use a corner clamp as a "third hand" when assembling mitered joints.
WOOD MAGAZINE #14 Dec 1986 (v.3#6) pg. 14

Cabinet cleanup tricks. (1) How to make a molding flush with a surface. (2) Sanding molding profiles. (3) Correct a mismatched miter.
WOOD MAGAZINE #30 Aug 1989 (v.6#4) pg. 34

On-the-money miters. How to cut them and clamp them like a professional. Looks at measuring, cutting diagrams, cutting jigs, clamping jigs, etc.
WOOD MAGAZINE #67 Jan 1994 (v.11#1) pg. 28

Decorative reinforcements (keys) for miter joint, box joint, edge joint, etc. How to fabricate corner keys, dovetail keys, box keys, rounded-finger keys, and bow tie surface splines.
WOOD MAGAZINE #75 Dec 1994 (v.11#9) pg. 50, Insert

How to cut a compound miter on a table saw without using a backing block.
WOOD MAGAZINE #76 Jan 1995 (v.12#1) pg. 22

Compound miters. How far to tilt the blade and how much to angle the miter gauge when cutting compound miters on a table saw. Includes a setup chart for bevels from 5- to 60-degrees (in 5-degree increments) on 4, 5, 6 and 8 sided frames.
WOOD MAGAZINE #87 Apr 1996 (v.13#3) pg. 5
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #92 Nov 1996 (v.13#8) pg. 4, 8

Technique for cutting the miter joint where an arched molding meets a straight molding.
WOOD MAGAZINE #90 Sep 1996 (v.13#6) pg. 30
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #96 Apr 1997 (v.14#3) pg. 4

Easy-to-make and great-looking dovetail keys add character and strength to mitered corners. Uses a simple jig that mounts to a miter gauge that slides in the miter slot of a router table.
WOOD MAGAZINE #116 Aug 1999 (v.16#5) pg. 43

Tip on assembling a mitered work piece (from which an oval-shaped frame will be cut) by installing pocket-hole fasteners in the waste area of each joint.
WOOD MAGAZINE #117 Oct 1999 (v.16#6) pg. 28

Chamfer bits. How to cut accurate miters of 11.25, 15, 22.5, 30 and 45-degrees using a table-mounted router instead of a table saw.
WOOD MAGAZINE #118 Nov 1999 (v.16#7) pg. 34

How to cut and clamp a miter and spline joint.
WOODSMITH #7 Jan 1980 pg. 11

How to cut the locked miter joint. An excellent joint for joining hardwood plywood. Permits a clean, strong joint with no end grain showing.
WOODSMITH #9 May 1980 pg. 10

Mathematics of miters. Charts and formulas look at the miter angles needed to fabricate frames with 3,4,5,6, and 8 equal sides.
WOODSMITH #12 Nov 1980 pg. 14

How to cut and use miter and spline joints. Ideally suited to such projects as multi-sided (polygon) frames where each side is a short, mitered piece of wood to be joined to a matching piece.
WOODSMITH #21 May 1982 pg. 8

Tip: How to square up the two sides of a mitered octagonal frame prior to joining them together.
WOODSMITH #21 May 1982 pg. 17

Shop notes for miter and spline joinery. Cutting miters, cutting spline grooves, cutting splines, gluing up mitered frames, etc.
WOODSMITH #30 Nov-Dec 1983 pg. 9

Joinery and molding tips. Cutting quarter-round stops. Stopped molding cuts. Routing rabbets. Compound miters.
WOODSMITH #36 Nov-Dec 1984 pg. 20

Miter with open spline.
WOODSMITH #36 Nov-Dec 1984 pg. 22
Added Info WOODSMITH #37 Jan-Feb 1985 pg. 23

How to cut an accurate 22.5-degree miter on a table saw.
WOODSMITH #41 Sep-Oct 1985 pg. 3

How to fabricate a miter joint with dovetail keys. Includes an adjustable holding jig for cutting the dovetail slots using a table-mounted router.
WOODSMITH #44 Apr 1986 pg. 9, 10
Added Info WOODSMITH #47 Oct 1986 pg. 3

Burnishing a miter. How to conceal slight gaps at the outside corner of a miter joint by burnishing both faces to crush the fibers together.
WOODSMITH #67 Feb 1990 pg. 16

Tip on reinforcing a miter joint by bridging with a large wooden plug.
WOODSMITH #87 Jun 1993 (v.15) pg. 5

Cutting compound miters on a table saw. How to determine both the blade tilt and miter gauge angle to accomplish the desired result.
WOODSMITH #87 Jun 1993 (v.15) pg. 18

Alternate method for checking a mitered corner for square using a try square.
WOODSMITH #94 Aug 1994 (v.16) pg. 4

Three tips for cutting and fitting of small mitered molding strips (such as those used to hold panels in a raised-panel entry door).
WOODSMITH #94 Aug 1994 (v.16) pg. 15

Step-by-step technique for cutting three-way miters.
WOODSMITH #112 Aug 1997 (v.19) pg. 20

Stave construction for making multi-sided wooden cylinders or containers. Tricks to cutting the mitered angles just right.
WOODSMITH #117 Jun 1998 (v.20) pg. 32

Cutting perfect miters for picture frames on a table saw, frame assembly, and reinforcing large frames.
WOODSMITH #121 Feb 1999 (v.21) pg. 24

Improved method for cutting the miter joint when doing mitered-stave construction. This method overcomes the tendancy of the staves to slip when being clamped to form a six-, eight-, or twelve-sided work piece.
WOODSMITH #122 Apr 1999 (v.21) pg. 4

Repair mitered corner joints which are open on the outside edge by rabbeting the corner and inserting a hardwood strip.
WOODSMITH #123 Jun 1999 (v.21) pg. 5

The elusive perfect miter joint. Some tips on making "perfect" picture-frame corner joints.
WOODWORK #5 Spring 1990 pg. 34

Jig for cutting matching miter joints on a radial arm saw.
WOODWORK #7 Fall 1990 pg. 12

Simple sanding block and technique to sand a mitered corner without leaving the telltale crossgrain sanding marks on the mating miter.
WOODWORK #12 Winter 1991 pg. 18

How to make a tongued miter joint.
WOODWORK #43 Feb 1997 pg. 62

Joints in joinery. Part 1. Chart shows 38 styles of joints used to join boards flush at the edges or at an angle (mitered).
WOODWORKER #1012 Mar 1978 (v.82) pg. 124

An aid to making the secret mitre dovetail joint.
WOODWORKER #1036 Mar 1980 (v.84) pg. 164

Tip on cutting splayed bevels.
WOODWORKER #1094 Jan 1985 (v.89) pg. 11
Added Info WOODWORKER #1097 Apr 1985 (v.89) pg. 320

A sliding carriage for a router table is used to cut 45-degree miters on decorative cabinet-door frames without fouling the mortises or tenons.
WOODWORKER #1116 Nov 1986 (v.90#11) pg. 953

Jig for cutting slots in the mitered face of narrow stock. Works in conjunction with a table-mounted router.
WOODWORKER May 1987 (v.91#5) pg. 414

Tips on cutting compound miters when fitting dado rails around a stairway.
WOODWORKER May 1987 (v.91#5) pg. 439

Tip: How to use the reflection from your tenon saw to determine a 45-degree angle, without need for a miter box.
WOODWORKER Jul 1987 (v.91#7) pg. 583

Mitered corners are reinforced and decorated by installing keys (splines) across the miter. The finished appearance is similar to that of a box joint.
WOODWORKER Jul 1988 (v.92#7) pg. 601
Added Info WOODWORKER Feb 1991 (v.95#2) pg. 200

Where scribe and miter meet. Solutions to the eternal problem of joining moldings at mitered corners.
WOODWORKER Sep 1988 (v.92#9) pg. 762

Router jig for cutting the grooves for splines in splined miter joints. Tips on making the splines and clamping the joint.
WOODWORKER Oct 1988 (v.92#10) pg. 895

Jig for cutting compound miters on a band saw.
WOODWORKER Jun 1991 (v.95#6) pg. 641

The mystery of pyramids and related obelisks. How to determine the edge miter joint angles when making pyramid shapes from sheet material.
WOODWORKER Feb 1994 (v.98#2) pg. 94
Added Info WOODWORKER Apr 1994 (v.98#4) pg. 81
Added Info WOODWORKER Jun 1994 (v.98#6) pg. 90, 91

Jigs and jee-jaws for the cabinetmaker. (1) Bench hook. (2) Shooting board. (3) Miter shooting board. (4) Miter trap. (5) Miter box. (6) Small router table.
WOODWORKER Jun 1994 (v.98#6) pg. 69

Tip shows how to make a jig for sanding cut miters with a sanding block.
WOODWORKER Jul 1995 (v.99#7) pg. 83

Miter joints. How to measure, cut, fit, and assemble both splined and doweled miter joints.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1978 (v.2#6) pg. 2

How to cut the plain rabbet-miter joint using a table saw.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1981 (v.5#4) pg. 12

How to cut the locked miter joint on a table saw.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1981 (v.5#5) pg. 15

The beginning woodworker. Making miter joints with hand tools.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1983 (v.7#1) pg. 20

The beginning woodworker. Flat miter joints with the table saw and router.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1983 (v.7#2) pg. 20
Added Info WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1983 (v.7#3) pg. 7

The beginning woodworker. Making mitered corner lap joints. Both handtool and table saw methods.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1983 (v.7#3) pg. 20

The finger joint spline. A right-angle spline is made using finger joints. This spline is then used to strengthen a miter joint. Four splines at a time are made by fabricating a finger jointed box and then sawing into four sections.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1985 (v.9#1) pg. 23

Decorative joinery. How to make the dovetail key butt-miter joint.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1987 (v.11#3) pg. 24

Cutting the locking miter joint on your table saw using three basic setups.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1994 (v.18#6) pg. 16

Lock miter joint is a good looking right-angle joint that is strong, simple, and appealing to the eye. Requires use of a special router bit.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1995 (v.19#4) pg. 20

Technique for preventing damage to plywood mitered corners involves inserting a solid-wood corner strip.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1999 (v.23#6) pg. 12

Good miters aren't good luck. How to cut miters accurately using a hand saw miter box, shooting block and a plane.
WOODWORKING TODAY #23 Jul 1991 pg. 37

How to use a table saw to make six common cabinet cuts: (1) cope cuts, (2) mitering, (3) box joints, (4) taper cuts, (5) half-lap joints and tenons with true shoulders, and (6) cutting duplicates from a long strip.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1971 (v.27#1) pg. 31

Tip: Jig for cutting spline slots across the corner of picture frames.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1980 (v.36#6) pg. 9

Router jig to cut "false" dovetails (butterfly joints). They are used to strengthen a miter joint and make it more decorative.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1982 (v.38#1) pg. 104

Modified miter joint is stronger than the standard 45-degree miter.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1982 (v.38#5) pg. 75

Making compound miters. Accurate cutting is the secret. Charts and diagrams illustrate the correct cuts for 3-sided to 12-sided polygons.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1986 (v.42#4) pg. 51