Hand Tool Journey #31: Stanley SW #246 Miter Box Restoration #5.. All Cleaned Up Just Waiting On Missing Parts..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 04-28-2014 05:16 PM 3045 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I spent the day yesterday putting Humpty Dumpty back together again. I brought everything inside so I could referance my pics if needed and yes… it was very needed. Quite the jigsaw puzzle this thing is.

Then I remembered I had forgotten to shine the brass bits. I had to kinda hurry through this because.. again.. Game of Thrones was coming on in half an hour lol.

Left hasn’t been polished and the right is after a quick trip to the buffer..

I made sure to coat every inch of bare metal (including fasteners) with T-9 and then a coat of Renaissance Wax just for good measure. I want this thing to last another 80+ years if I can help it. I also made sure that any areas that moved got oiled before reassembly. I might still add some grease to some of the areas such as the arm swivel joint and the registration tab area. Otherwise it moves like new now.

Then on tap for this morning was to get a new wood deck made for this. I found a piece of 1/2” Red Oak that has some nice straight grain on it to use. Plopped the old deck on top and traced the template onto it. Then I started to use a 1 1/4” Forstner bit to cut the half rounds with but discovered that one of the motor mount welds has broken loose making my drill press useless so…. Galooting it up we went!

Then made the short cuts with my Dovetail Saw..

Ripped it roughly to width with my bandsaw (I really need to sharpen up a rip panel saw!) and brought it to the line with my No 4 then cleaned up the curves with a rasp then file.

Flipped it and planed a bevel on the back edge and checked the fit..

Next up was to chop out the hold back dados. I Married the two boards up and marked the line and chopped them out with a chisel followed by my routah plane.

Then I lined it up on the box, flipped it over and marked for the screws then pre drilled slightly with my GP eggbeater..

Gave the whole board a nice coat of Danish Oil and whallah! She’s brand new ready to go back to work!

I took it outside to take those pics because the sun was out and I thought I would get better lighting that way but… a cloud rolled in as soon as I was out the door so my “Glamour Pics” aren’t as nice as I had hoped lol. Oh well.

Now what is left is to fabricate all the missing parts such as.. The Hold Backs, The second rod and coupler and the stop rod tree.

Then the part I am actually dreading quite a bit.. the saw. I am extremely nervous about that part but I don’t drive a Prius (Tony) so no pussing out now lol.

Stay Tuned!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 04-28-2014 05:21 PM

Wow! Restoring a miter saw has been low on my list of priorities. You’re changing my mind. Old tools have a beauty that is missing in so many modern tools. Your work reflects that. Very well done.

I’m betting we’ll see a few more full restores after this.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#2 posted 04-28-2014 05:23 PM

Stunning Eric.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 04-28-2014 05:52 PM

Nicely done Eric, mine’s on it’s way to you for a custom rehab. :-)

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#4 posted 04-28-2014 05:57 PM

Woah. Awesome. Great job. Any details about cleaning up the tag?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#5 posted 04-28-2014 06:01 PM

I was very careful with the tag. I mainly just cleaned it with some simple green and a paper towel then left it alone. The black background color wants to disappear pretty easily so easy does it.

Bring it on Kevin! No promises on expedient service though lol.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#6 posted 04-28-2014 06:07 PM

I have three in the que so I can’t complain about speed!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#7 posted 04-28-2014 06:17 PM

Wow, I’ve never seen one in that good of shape.

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#8 posted 04-28-2014 06:31 PM

Great job, Eric! Now you’re making me feel bad that my miter box is still sitting there in as found condition. I need to finish up a couple more plane restorations before tackling it.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#9 posted 04-28-2014 06:38 PM

Thanks guys. I still have a ways to go till it is a proper box but it’s getting there. The whole time I have been working on this I have been trying to keep to the idea of “what would this look like the day the original owner brought it home from the hardware store”. Like what Bucket said.. these old tools have a beauty all their own that no longer exist in the mainstream tool world that inspires you to add a bit more beauty into the work you use them on.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#10 posted 04-28-2014 07:03 PM

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#11 posted 04-28-2014 07:33 PM

Looks wonderful…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 04-28-2014 10:20 PM

Excellent restoration. Maybe someday I’ll do mine—added to the long list of things.

-- Rick M,

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#13 posted 04-28-2014 10:31 PM

nice job.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#14 posted 04-29-2014 12:48 AM


-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#15 posted 04-29-2014 07:11 AM

That is gorgeous. I am sure I can find a place for it, so please feel free to send it to me.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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