Fred Schoeneman Guild Quality Woodworking

Tips on Woodworking

Over the years I have been a wood maker, I have been asked for some tips. I have run across an article that talks about this.

When working with mitered corners, particularly when applying trim pieces to a project, even the most meticulously matched miters may open up when installed. This can happen for a number of reasons, the most likely being that the trim pieces are slightly twisted or warped.

The project in the above image is a plywood shelf, being wrapped by some mitered 1×2 trim. The trim is accurately mitered, but after attaching the trim to the plywood with biscuits, the bottom edge of the mitered corner separated about 1/16 of an inch. While it’s a gap that could easily be caulked in a painted project, this shelf is going to be stained. As such, the gap will stand out like a sore thumb

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