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    recently took a job on and need a tool for cutting large hand made cove to angles other than 45 degrees. Two websites offering an adjustable mitre saw no longer had them avaliable when i came to order them.
    i already have the magic mitre box which is great for the normal size stuff but this large cove is proving a real headache and any ideas would be welcome
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    I have an adjustable mitre box I made years ago from MDF as I couldn't find anything that would suit anything other than standard cove.
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    Here you go mate. I've just dug this out of the back of the garage so please excuse the state of it.

    First, make one of these. It's just some thick MDF and a few screws. There is a strip of metal l-section screwed through the back at the corner for extra bracing.
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    The measurement from the batten on the base of the mitre box should match the distance the cove comes down the wall.
    The cornice should be placed in the mitre box, inverted.



    For 45 degree cuts or thereabouts, cut in the middle section of the box. I always cut the cove to length with a suqare cut, bisect the angle by marking the ceiling, then offer up the cove and mark on the ceiling edge where the pencil lines cross. You can't just take it for granted that the corner is square. I have placed the newer batten there to accommodate the smaller cornice. This box was made to take a larger cornice.




    For angles other than 45 degrees, slide the cornice to one side and cut freehand, making sure the saw is vertical/perpendicular to the base of the mitre box. Again, offer up the cornice, bisect the angle and mark top and bottom edges, and cut to these lines.

    Hope this helps.

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    cheers for that .still wish i'd checked ebay earlier for the fb10 mitre
    the cove we are using is the dentil type so the pattern has got to match aswell as all the non 45 degree cuts!!

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    I hope you've got a good metre rate in for it. Before the recession, I was charging a tenner a metre for cornice, and if it was really ornate, I would charge per joint for filling too.

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    the guy we are working for wanted to pay 2 a metre but we have got him to agree to a day rate now thankfully.
    it's crap but it was part of the package to get the rest of the job.
    after looking at some of the posts on here i'm gratefull to be working at the moment so as long as the money is covered weve just got to get on with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dryliner8 View Post
    the guy we are working for wanted to pay 2 a metre
    What a C U next Tuesday!

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    was gonna say same as Tony - make yourself a box from mdf etc - best way.
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    yeah mate the best thing to do is make one or see if any joiner mates would make you one.

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