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Want perfect miters in applications where precision really matters, like making picture frames? This miter trimmer uses high-carbon steel blades that are razor sharp to shave fractions of an inch from miters, leaving a cut that some might call glass-smooth.

Since you can’t actually use the trimmer to make miters, you first need to make a rough miter cut with a miter box. Then with the miter trimmer you can shave the piece for the perfect fit. The trimmer is made from cast iron, so it weighs 35 lbs. It has angle presets at 90° and 45°.

We’re not sure who actually makes this trimmer. Rockler, Dieter Schmid, Grizzly, Highland Woodworking, and other companies sell what looks to be the identical tool for anywhere from $150 to $200.

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5 Responses to Shave Your Miters

  1. fred says:

    We have an old Lion Trimmer we inherited when we bought the cabinet shop.
    I believe that this brand was the original version of this tool:


  2. firekayak says:

    These have been around for a long time and they work great! Just don’t grab it in the middle holes and try to pick it up, those blades are real sharp and you’ll end up painting it red!

  3. Gary says:

    The company manufacturing the lion mitre trimmer went out of business awhile back (maybe a couple years ago?). I found one of the originals at an estate sale. It’s in queue for a tuneup. It’ll come in handy for picture frames and small boxes.

  4. Kris says:

    You can do the same thing with a sharp bench plane and a “shooting board” that you make yourself. Google “shooting board wood” to find out more. I’d rather put the $150-$200 towards a good bench plane – more bang for your buck than a dedicated tool like this.

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