Tips & Tricks: Mitered Stop Block

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This article is from Issue 109 of Woodcraft Magazine.

The seemingly simple process of making a mitered picture frame can be fussy. There are several things you have to get just right for the final result to be square with tight joints. First, the miter cuts have to be cut cleanly at precisely 45˚. Second, the opposing sides of the frame have to be exactly the same length(s). To make this second part easier, I like to clamp a mitered stop block to my saw. I find the angled end of the block is easier to register the mitered end of a frame piece against and is less likely to damage the fragile tip than a square stop. For more on framing, see page 38.
—Dan Martin, Galena, Ohio

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