Corner Cutting Tool for Bookbinding | DIY | Miter Tool

Materials and Tools Needed

Mat knife
8.5 by 11-inch paper
Ruler, 12 inches or more. 
Fine tip pencil or marker
Cutting mat

Video Summary 

Hey, what's up, Ryan here, so, to get started with creating this miter corner-cutting tool for bookbinding, you're going to need some materials to make your life easier, so let's go through that real quick. A mat knife, chipboard, 8.5 by 11-inch piece of paper, a ruler (12 inches or more), glue, fine tip pencil or marker, and a cutting mat should do it.

Okay, so the first thing we're going to do here is take the eight and a half by 11 piece of paper and hold it portrait wise. So, the shorter side of the paper is facing your stomach.

Fold it over Diagonally, so it makes a triangle. There should be some excess paper towards the bottom, don't worry about it.

Take the triangle template and place it over the chipboard. Check out the video above.

Take your marker now and apply a line across the chipboard. Use the 45-degree angle paper as a guide.

Make a second line one cm above the first 45-degree angle line.

From the center point of the first 45-degree angle line, draw another line straight down towards your stomach.

Then, from the same center point, draw another 90-degree line towards the right.

Now we can apply our cuts to the chipboard.

Be safe when using any sharp items, and again, check out the video.

Finally, we're going to add some more stability to the miter tool by adding a small strip of chipboard across diagonally at the same 45-degree angle.

Cut a thin rectangular chipboard from the excess, and glue it in line with the miter edge.

Let the glue dry overnight, and you should be good to go.

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