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Instead of a Miter Saw, Use a Miter Box

Don't let a power miter saw's profligate consumption of space, money, and electricity stand between you and your dreams of crown molding. This all-steel German miter box guides a captive, 14-tpi blade through a 90-degree arc to make smooth, narrow cuts in molding up to 4 inches high and 5 inches deep. Cheap miter boxes have slots to guide a handsaw blade, but this box locks at any angle within its range—meaning you actually have a chance of cutting a tight joint.

Approximately $120; Garrettwade
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