If you’ve ever lugged a chopsaw onto a scaffold 20 ft. off the ground to cut narrow 1x moldings, you’ll appreciate this tool. With some scrap pieces of 3/4-in. plywood or pine, you can build a simple miter box that will guide precise cuts. Attach the vertical fence to the base with glue and 1-5/8-in. drywall screws. Cut 45° and 90° kerfs in the fence to guide the handsaw blade, and you’re ready to go.
This rig isn’t limited to outdoor work, either. With a fine-toothed sawblade, you can make precise cuts in all kinds of moldings. Cutting mitered returns for window stools or head casings is tricky with a powered miter box because the short pieces want to fly all over the place. This miter box will handle that task with ease.
Robert Goodfellow, Clinton, CT