Hand Tool Journey #33: Stanley SW #246 Miter Box Restoration #6.. Well Frack..

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So…. yesterday we stopped short of filling the stray hole and redrilling. Today I went about doing just that and well… The brazing rod is harder then the parent material and you know how drill bits want to follow the path of least resistance? Yeah…....

So the new hole is wanting to wander and blow out the side and I called it quits. If I had a functional drill press this would not be an issue and I stand by my previous statement about working with metal… it’s really not that difficult.

So what do I do now? Well what does any other completionist do when they are REALLY desperate for a hard to find part? Buy another box just to get the one part they need off of it of course! Duh!

Yep, I did it. I was so peeved by the result of today’s endeavors that I pulled the trigger on another box on fleebay to get the second rod and tree off of it lol. It wasn’t an enormous amount but more than that single part is worth. The upside is the second box has the bearing style saw guides and I am tempted to clean them up and installing them on this box which has the friction slide saw guides. Looking at the spine on the backsaw I think it could use a break from rubbing against the angled “slide points”. It seems that Stanley used both types during the SW era of these boxes because my SW 358 has the bearings installed. Hmm.. decisions.

The next question is what to do with the rest of the second box.. part it out? Keep it as a parts store? I’ll figure that out.

So now I need to go and deal with some buyers remorse and start planning out the guide stops for this guy.. Stay tuned!

-- Eric -

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#1 posted 112 days ago

That’s a bonafide use of the ‘checkbook toolbox’ method of tool repair, and often it’s the only way to completion. Sorry the build didn’t work out.

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

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#2 posted 112 days ago

Ummm….Well…Damn… Sorry it did not pan out dude.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 112 days ago

Meh, when it is all done and you are loving it, the steps taken to get there will seem more irrelevant. Plus it never hurts to have a few spare parts laying around. Least that is what I keep telling myself.

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#4 posted 112 days ago

Yeah.. the problem is that, once this is all said and done I won’t be around to use the darn thing because my wife will more than likely kill me once another giant box shows up at the door lol.

-- Eric -

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#5 posted 112 days ago

Just make sure that the lawyers have named me as the rightful heir to the tool goodness before you go.

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