It's a great price, but can you fill me in on some of its uses? I
have got the whole perfect angle and beveled edges on sheet, wire,
or tube, but have never seen what else its good for? Score and fold?
other applications? Why can't you live without it? Tell me more!
If you don’t mind me chipping in here I can offer a few words on this
since I’m a big fan of the jig too.
Good solder jobs need close fitting joints. The faster you can make
those joints fit perfectly --“light tight”-- then then sooner you can
get to the soldering part of the job and move along with your
fabrication. In many applications this is where I find the mitre jig
Let’s say you’re making a heavy gauge ring (I make a lot of those)
and you need to square up the ends of your strip of metal before you
bend it up, butt the ends together and solder. That squaring part of
the job takes about 20 seconds with this jig. You slide the strip
into the jig --usually using the guide that runs across the jig’s
jaws to square things up-- tighten up the jig, run a file across the
face of the jig a few times and bingo!, you know without even looking
at it that the end of your blank is perfectly square. Do the same to
the other end and you’re ready to go. No fussing around and no
corrections required once you’ve bent the shank around.
For stronger joints on thinner material one is well advised to use a
lap joint --angled faces instead of square-- so that the resulting
joint is stronger. Again the jig makes this a 20 second job. Every
time, all the time, and you don’t even need to check it because you
know it’ll be an accurate, tight fit every time.
For fabrication work that that require close fitting parts I find the
mitre jig worth it’s weight in gold: fast, accurate, consistent
results and that goes a long way to helping you produce quality work
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