miter box

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noun Carpentry.

any of various fixed or adjustable guides for a saw in making miters or cross cuts, especially a troughlike box open at the ends and guiding the saw by slots in the opposite sides.

Nearby words

  1. mitchum,
  2. mitchum, robert,
  3. mite,
  4. mite typhus,
  5. miter,
  6. miter gear,
  7. miter joint,
  8. miter post,
  9. miter saw,
  10. miter square

Origin of miter box

First recorded in 1670–80

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Examples from the Web for miter box

  • Make all of these angles equal and if possible cut them in a miter-box.

    Toy Craft|Leon H. Baxter
  • The miter-box, Fig. 180, is a similar device with the addition of a guide for the saw.

    Handwork in Wood|William Noyes