Simplified Three-Way Miter
A modern approach to a traditional Chinese joint creates striking corners on small tables and stands
Synopsis: Although there probably are a dozen or more ways to cut a three-way miter, Richard Gotz uses a method that is straightforward and relies on only a few cuts with power tools. This type of joint, which dates to the Ming dynasty, is often used in light-duty furniture and makes a striking appearance. The author calls it deceptively simple looking, but his explanations help make it seem simple to build, too.
From Fine Woodworking #169
The three-way miter is a deceptively simple-looking joint on the outside. Three equally dimensioned pieces of wood join at a corner with miters showing on three faces. One primary reason for its aesthetic appeal is that only long grain is visible; the end grain is hidden where the pieces join. While simple looking from the outside, when constructed with traditional methods, the three-way miter is anything but simple on the inside.
Complex forms of the…