In this Instructable, I will show you how to make a magnetic bench-top miter box, which will help you achieve perfect 90 (or even 45) degree cuts with any hand saw. This tool can be mounted on any workbench, and should be mounted on EVERY workbench!
(Watch the YouTube video: LINK FOR MOBILE VIEWERS!)
I built this magnetic hand saw guide a few months ago, yet haven't been using it as much as I'd like to. It has a few main issues, which are:
That got me thinking. I could make a guide that gets clamped with the piece of wood that I want to cut in my vise. That idea was actually pretty difficult, so I came up with a simpler, yet better idea: to not use my vise at all! In the past few months, I've been getting tired of setting up my vise every time before each use. To set up my vise, I need quite a few clamps which take time to install and remove since I sometimes need them for a different task (I don't own many clamps). I thought of making a quick release mount, but that's pretty difficult too, for several different reasons.
The guide I'm going to be making in the Instructable kills two birds with one stone ⁽ᵒᵘᶜʰ⁾ - not needing to install the vise before every cut, and improving the magnetic guide itself, drastically! Oh, and did I mention that the magnet will be hidden?
Let's get started!
Below is a list of everything you'll need to complete this project. You should be able to find the parts in a hardware store, on eBay, or maybe outside, on the sidewalk that's near your house! If you don't see something that you think should be here, or would like to know more about a specific tool/part that I used, feel free to ask in the comments.
I made it for FREE since I already had /everything that was needed on hand.
Hardware, Materials & Consumables:
Subject/s: Woodworking, Making Your Own Tools
Approximate Time: <2 hours
ALWAYS USE PROPER PPE.