miter box


: a device for guiding a handsaw at the proper angle in making a miter joint in wood

Examples of miter box in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While a saw and miter box does the trick for one-off cuts, a high-quality table saw slices through wood quickly and with a higher degree of accuracy. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Apr. 2023 Amber used a clamping miter box ($15, The Home Depot) to hold the dowel and ensure even cuts. Amber Kemp-Gerstel, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Dec. 2021 Cut four 3/4-inch square wood dowels to the tile height using a miter box and saw. Beth Eslinger, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of miter box was in 1678

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“Miter box.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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