Hand Tool Journey #27: Stanley SW #246 Miter Box Restoration #1.. What have we got here?

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 95 days ago 799 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 26: Hand Tool Journey #25: Repairing my Stanley #19 Block Plane No.2.. Part 27 of Hand Tool Journey series Part 28: Stanley SW #246 Miter Box Restoration #2.. Tear Down.. »

Just received a Sweetheart era #246 Miter Box. It is in decent working order but really needs a good cleaning to get everything moving like it should again. My original plan was to clean and be done with it but… like usual I can’t just leave well enough alone.

Here is the state it arrived in..

Complete with the trip mechanism!

Saw is in great shape with no obvious signs of pitting.. only the tote needs help.

It also arrived with one of the 2 stop rods and both hold down clamps for the holding bars..

The plan is to bring it back to “near new” condition as best as possible and put it to work. This will include some fabricating of the missing hard to find parts but that will all get covered later.

Up next is tear down and get the parts into some evaporust and get this party started.

Thanks for reading and Stay Tuned!

-- Eric -

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#1 posted 95 days ago

Eric, That 246 is an outstanding shape. And I’m sure you’ll get it to like new. Great score!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#2 posted 95 days ago

You’ll do it justice with your capabilities Eric, have fun my friend.

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#3 posted 95 days ago

Wonderful. Congrats man.

-- ~Tony

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#4 posted 95 days ago


-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#5 posted 94 days ago

Eric that’s a looker with some outstanding rare hardware!! You’ve got me hankering band for a good box!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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