Using the Mitremate
The Mitremate is a sliding mitre guide that allows the cutting of pretty accurate mitres using a portable 190mm circular saw. The saw is bolted to the sliding part of the device, and the fixed part is clamped between the Workmate’s jaws. The piece to be cut is held against the adjustable guide piece and the saw is pushed forwards to make the cut. The Mitremate was designed to do what the modern sliding mitre saw does, including compound mitres. Carpenters used to cut angled joints by eye using a cross-cut handsaw, but this required great skill born of long practice. Today chippies take great pride in their mitre saw and stand and most are devoted to a particular brand. The modern mitre saw is very quick and impressively accurate. With a stand that supports long stock it performs much better than the Mitremate, particularly on long boards, which is perhaps why the Mitremate is seldom seen today.