How-to Make Compound Miter Cuts

How-to Make Compound Miter Cuts

A good angle never looks the same from the other side…

Here lately I’ve had several folks asking me how to make compound miter cuts. The compound miter cut is the type of cut you see on the Log Legs (c)2011 for our unique ‘Cabin Collection’ of log furniture.

So I said to myself, what better way to answer this question than to grab some tools, some salvaged building materials and my handy video camera. Watch this video and I will show you three completely different techniques how-to make a compound miter cut.

By the time you’ve finished watching this youtube video you should have a much better understanding of this straight forward multi-angled cut.



Video Summary

Just exactly what is a compound miter cut, anyway? The answer to this question is easy.

A compound miter cut is simply a miter cut made at an angle to both the edge and top of the piece of material you are cutting. In other words, a compound miter cut will cause the material you are working with to angle in more than one direction.

One situation where you are sure to see the compound miter cut is in construction. Especially in roof construction where you are dealing with hips and valleys,  hip rafters and valley jacks.

In this video I demonstrate how to make a compound miter cut using a standard skillsaw. When cutting compound miter cuts always keep in mind they are directional. That is, there will always be a right hand and a left hand cut.


Roof Framing Compound Miter Cuts

Roof Framing Compound Miter Cuts


Next, let us take a moment to look at how to create the same multi-directional or compound miter cut on the metal cutting band-saw.

First though, for comparison sake, in the video I demonstrate the basic miter cut using a cut-off of the 2″ x 2″ used in our log furniture legs. You will see how I simply lay the piece flat, set the desired 45 degree angle and cut. By placing the two pieces together I have created a 90 degree ‘corner’.

Now, in order to make a compound miter cuts, all you need to do is roll the stock piece of material up on edge. This is how to make compound miter cuts using the metal-cutting band saw.



In the next segment of the video I demonstrate how to make compound miter cuts using the compound miter saw and some left over pieces of crown molding.

If you weren’t real sure, crown molding is the piece of detail trim you often see bordering the ceiling and the walls in up scale or older Victorian style homes. Crown molding is perhaps the most common example you will ever use or find of the compound miter cuts.


Compound miter cuts in crown molding

Compound miter cuts in crown molding

As you will see in the video, I demonstrate how easy it is to cut crown molding on any miter saw by rolling the piece of molding up on a 45 degree angle while cutting on 45 degree angle. This is how to make compound miter cuts using a standard miter saw.

Like I said though, this is a compound miter saw. That means you have the ability to cut on an angle and a bevel at the same time creating an endless number of combinations of angles and bevels. This is where many folks get a bit perplexed.

The challenge for many comes when they want to achieve different angles while maintaining the same bevel. This is important if you intend to fabricate your own Log Legs (c)2011 to make log furniture. What you will notice is that as you increase the angle of the compound miter cut you must increase the length of the piece you need if you want your chairs and benches to actually sit nicely and not wobble or teeter on the ground.

Hope this helps you the next time someone wants to know how-to cut compound miter cuts.

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P.S. Be sure to leave me your comments and any questions about this or any other angle you’d like to talk about. I’m certain I can make this as clear as mud if you just give me a bit more time!






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  1. says

    Hi Mitch David here,and I would like to make some of the leg pieces like you make for the log benches.How can I get my hands on the Prints?


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