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In 2020, there were around 11.31 million people in the German-speaking population who were particularly interested in DIY and do-it-yourself work. Particularly popular among such projects is embellishing or implementing ideas within one's own four walls. Some tools, such as the mitre box, have become indispensable in the basic equipment.

For many projects, the ends of work pieces have to be cut at an oblique angle. In particular, cutting skirting boards and ceiling mouldings or other elongated materials is one of them. The mitre box is an indispensable tool for this. That is why we have compared different models in our product comparison and worked out the most important aspects.




Summary

  • The mitre box or cutting box helps you to saw precise, angular cuts. You need them so that your long workpieces can be joined at corners.
  • In general, you can find mitre boxes with pre-set or adjustable angles, with manual or electronic saws. These differ in their suitability and use.
  • To ensure the success of your project, you should base your purchase on your intended use. Further purchase criteria are: Length, width, height of workpieces, cutting angle, cutting width, weight, material.

The best mitre box: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for mitre box

To help you find the right mitre box, we have worked out some buying criteria that you should consider when buying. These criteria help you compare the different models. This way you can make your choice objectively and according to your needs.

The criteria that help you compare the individual mitre boxes include:

In the following, we go into more detail on the individual criteria to give you a better overview:

Area of application

Hobby or professional, for an occasion or for regular use? Before buying, define for yourself which application your mitre box is to find. For infrequent work with mouldings or other narrow boards, a simple model with an external saw is sufficient.

Dimensions and weight

Thanks to its symmetry, the mitre box is always suitable for both left- and right-handed users. For the dimensions, you should orientate yourself on your workpieces. The typical cutting drawer is characterised by a small width and is suitable for smaller, fine work.

Wider models often come with a workpiece fixture and are suitable for working with larger decorative profiles. For the height of the mitre box, you can also use the dimensions of your workpieces as a guide.

In addition to the width and height, the weight plays an important role. This is mainly the case with electronic mitre box cutters. A high dead weight of the cutting drawer promises a firm and secure stand.

Angle

The prefabricated saw guides usually correspond to 45 and 90 degrees. With a mitre box with adjustable angle control you are more flexible. It is important to note whether this is done freely or in steps.

Material

A conventional mitre box is made of plastic or wood. The purchase criterion here refers to the material to be processed. In the case of electronic mitre box or mitre box with saw holder, the saw blade is included in the purchase. Therefore, keep in mind: The thickness and number of teeth of the saw blade are decisive for the material processing.

As a general rule, more teeth allow for a better and finer cut. A model with 14 teeth per inch is often used because it is suitable for coarse and fine cuts. You can use it to work on wood, aluminium and plastic.

Do you also want to be able to cut metal? Then look for the metal cutting function of the mitre saw. You can choose an electronic mitre box based on the wattage of the device, because they need more power to cut metal.

Cutting width

The maximum cutting width always corresponds to the width of the saw blade used. An exception to this is the electronic mitre box. This can have two guide rails with which you can pull the saw closer to achieve a larger cutting width.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about the mitre box answered in detail

In the following, we would like to answer the most important questions on the subject of mitre box. This will give you a deeper insight into the subject.

What is a mitre box?

The mitre box is a hand tool that you can use to create corner joints between two elongated workpieces. The angle of the corner joint makes it necessary to cut the workpieces at an angle so that you can then join them together properly.

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The mitre box is the basic tool for every do-it-yourselfer. Work pieces of wood into picture frames, mouldings or your own shelf. (Image source: Ian Schneider/ Unsplash)

The classic mitre box has a U-shaped profile and saw guides. Many models have preset angles of 90 and 45 degrees to the left and right.

What types of mitre box are there?

There are basically four different types of mitre box:

  • Classic mitre box: The simplest model of mitre box is usually made of wood or plastic and has preset angles of 45 and 90 degrees.
  • Mitre boxwith fixed guide: Here the saw is on a horizontal bar or guide. Common cutting angles of this variant are 22.5, 30, 45, 60 and 90 degrees.
  • Mitrebox with electric mitre saw: This model is suitable for cutting hard materials such as metal. You can choose between a pure mitre saw or a pull, mitre and crosscut saw.
  • Precision mitre box: This is a special model that allows you to work with vertical cuts as well as horizontal cuts. The angle is infinitely adjustable.

How much does a mitre box cost?

The price is determined by the additional applications. The prices of the mitre box can range from low to high. The following table should give you an overview.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (3-20 €) simple design, few functions, for DIY use
Medium-priced (20-100 €) more precise work possible, additional settings and mitre saw
High-priced (100 € or more) mostly electronic with metal cutting capability, add-ons such as pull saws or cross-cut saws

How does working with a mitre box work?

High-priced, electronic devices are only recommended if you have already learned how to use them. That is why we describe below how to use a classic mitre box.

  • Step 1: Measure the spot where you need to cut and mark it with a pencil. It can also help to mark the spot with a knife. This will give you a starting point for your saw.
  • Step 2: Set the saw at the desired angle and clamp your workpiece. If you are unsure, make a test cut in a scrap piece.
  • Note: Check the saw blade before cutting. Is it sharp enough? If not, you will need so much force that the material may splinter.

Conclusion

In order to be able to carry out simple handicrafts with precision, a mitre box is a must-have for every do-it-yourselfer from beginner to expert. When buying a mitre box, you should consider the material, dimensions and weight of your work. Cutting angles or the cutting width can also be important purchase criteria.

For home use, models in the low-price range are perfectly adequate. A fixed guide, suitable mitre saw or variable angle settings justify a premium. But remember that high-priced models require trained operation and possibly protective measures.

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