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Hand Tool Journey #36: Stanley SW #358 Miter Box Restoration #2... Partapalooza!

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 62 days ago 1124 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 35: Stanley SW #358 Miter Box Restoration #1.. Here we go again.. Part 36 of Hand Tool Journey series Part 37: Stanley SW #358 Miter Box Restoration #3... Tape Bending and Paint »

Well it took a week to get to it but I finally have everything clean and ready for masking and paint.

First up was the main base it’s self. This thing was too rusty for the Citristrip to even make a dent in but it did clean up with a steel wire wheel and my angle grinder well enough.

Any left over rust spots (mostly in those hard to get to crevasses) will get treated with some Rustoleum rust reformer before paint just to avoid any cancer from forming and spreading. The point here is to get another 100+ years out of this and leaving rust under paint is a recipe for disaster.

Then yesterday I started on all the other parts (what seemed like thousands lol). It all started out well enough until the motor mount on my drill press finally fully let go thus killing my preferred method of scrubbing parts clean.

I got about this far..

When this happened..

So after throwing a small fit and searching every store on the island that would sell a drill press i finally found the only one in stock on my small island (yes the only one as in singular) at my local tiny Sears.

It is a Crapsman but miles better than my HF was..

That burned up all my shop time for that day so I got back at it first thing this morning and was at it for nearly 8 hours! Keep in mind I am cleaning 2 and a half boxes worth of parts (I only need one but had these extras and figured I would clean everything all at once while I was at it).

At the end of it all I now have this..

I still need to buff the brass bits and properly clean the stock guide rods but holy hell that was a lot of parts.. Note to self.. one at a time from now on!

Next up is masking and painting then re-assembly which I plan to take LOTS of pics for as a referance on how to assemble one of these so stay tuned!

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com



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theoldfart

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#1 posted 61 days ago

Eric, do all of your boxes have threaded posts? My 246 has all smooth posts so only two of the four clamps you sent me fit. I just assumed they were all the same. Is mine a newer type maybe?

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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chrisstef

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#2 posted 61 days ago

Lots of shiny parts there bud. Id go dizzy trying to figure out where the hell they all came from.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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ToddJB

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#3 posted 61 days ago

That is, indeed, a lot of work. Good job, Sir.

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

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Airframer

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#4 posted 61 days ago

Kevin – IIRC All of the Stanley 2XX 3XX boxes used 1 smooth rod and 1 threaded rod on both the front and back of the box. It would not surprise me one of the previous owners of your box had to replace one or all of the uprights at some point (which might explain why they were missing the stops in the first place) and just replaced them with what was available. You can either hunt for a new pair of threaded rods or I can send out a pair of smooth shaft stops if you would like.

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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theoldfart

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#5 posted 61 days ago

Eric, thanks. I was pretty confused when the stops showed up! I’ll take you up I the offer. PM me when you have a chance.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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Airframer

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#6 posted 61 days ago

Not a problem, I need to check and make sure I actually have 2 extras (I am sure I do somewhere).

The typical configuration is the threaded stop is set as the max travel stop with a spring on the front to cushion the drop of the saw and the smooth (some were graduated) rod is set as a depth of cut stop.

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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Buckethead

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#7 posted 61 days ago

Eric, you are so neat and tidy about your rehab. I’m feeling daunted. I need to remember though, that you’ve got two and a half boxes worth of parts there. My stack won’t be so massive.

8 hours. To do this for a living, one might go broke!

Who is in the market fir a 358 complete, except trip and tree? ;-)

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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Airframer

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#8 posted 61 days ago

Not letting you off that easy Bucket! Buck up and get started!

I promise to go step by step with pics on assembly. That should help as a referance for your own.

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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Buckethead

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#9 posted 61 days ago

I think that is exactly the ticket. I’m the best at taking things apart. Then I go into full Curious George mode when reassembly commences. I lack organization. It’s integral to my being.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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AnthonyReed

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#10 posted 60 days ago

Lordy that a ton of cleaning! You posses a mammoth amount of patience. It looks great Eric. A step-by-step is a massive amount of time and effort too. Thanks bringing us along.

-- ~Tony

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