Gary Katz, a frequent contributor to the Journal of Light Construction, writes on what to do to create corner joints for columns, hollow posts, and newels. Using lock-miter joints, it can be tough to make a mistake. Katz breaks down the various tips and tricks he’s learned along the way of using lock-miter joints on columns from setup, cutting, and assembly.
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Over the years, I’ve tried just about every technique for joining the corners of newel posts. And lock miters are not only the strongest, but they are the easiest to assemble as well.