Try this handy DIY tool to get perfect angled cuts every time on your moulding, trim and more

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Three degrees out on your mitre cuts and you’re gonna get annoying, ugly unwanted gaps on your joins. You can fill the gaps or start again, but ideally you don't want to be making these kind of mistakes as it's waste of time and materials.

You want to be able to create seamless mitre joints, which isn’t easy, especially if you don’t have the right tools. That said, if you’re an occasional DIYer, you don’t want to be investing in expensive machinery that rarely makes an appearance.

The best mitre saws may be great for giving you a perfect angle every time, but they’re not cheap or lightweight and don’t fit in your back pocket. And, while a mitre block and saw won’t break the bank they aren’t as convenient as a tool that you can carry with you wherever you go. What you need is a pair of mitre shears like these FLORA GUARD Miter Shears from Amazon which are inexpensive, portable, easy to use and can get a job done quickly. Once you own a pair you will wonder how you ever managed without them.  

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.