What Is A Mitre Box? What Is A Mitre Box Used For?

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A mitre box is a simple template device which is used in combination with a saw to cut material at set angles.

The mitre box has a series of slits cut within the walls of the frame, these slits act as guides for the saw which are usually set at angles 45 degrees and 90 degrees.

The material to be cut is placed flush against the mitre box wall(s) ready to be sawn in half at the required angle. The saw is placed through the required guide ready to saw the piece of material at the angle chosen.

The saw used with a mitre box is usually a tenon saw or a mitre saw.

A mitre block is similar to the mitre box with the difference being it only has one wall.

These tools are very useful for cutting mouldings and beadings.


It is a really simple, easy and effective type of tool which is reasonably accurate. It is also a great introductory tool for a beginner allowing the user a quick tangible result.

Mitre Box Also Known As:


  • Mitre Block
  • Mitre Cutting Box



What to look for when buying a secondhand mitre box?


  • Check the slits / guides haven’t been sawn wider / damaged – this will result in a less accurate cut.
  • Check there are no woodworm holes. If there are woodworm holes, try to assess if the holes are fresh or old/treated. If there are any holes it is always best to treat them.


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