Hand Tool Journey #38: Stanley SW #358 Miter Box Restoration #4... Made Some Sawdust Today..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 07-06-2014 03:12 AM 1669 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally got off my arse and bagged up and labeled all the parts to clear off the bench top. Next up was to make a new wooden deck for the box.

1/2” Red Oak again. No clue what the old board is but it’s brittle as all hell now so it’s toast.

And I got this far yesterday when 1/4 of the way through drilling the curved corners the board split along the grain…. Had to start from scratch with a new board. Oh well. Got to spend some time at the wood store with the boy so not a wasted afternoon ;-)

Skipping ahead a bit (it really is as simple as cutting out a shape.. I don’t really have to explain that do I? )

Felt good to get some shavings on the benchtop again finally!

Then to layout the dados.. Tip of the day.. Don’t use the old board as a guide for depth of these. Lay your new board on the box and register a chisel on the guide clamp plate and mark the depth from there.. Ask me how I know.

Knife and cut.. LOVE this saw!

Then the ol’ routah plane trick..

Annnnnd Boom! Ready for some danish oil and wax.

That leaves only one thing to do (aside from tackling the saw it’s self).. Assembly! Hope to get to that tomorrow but no actual promises.. Stay Tuned!

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

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#1 posted 07-06-2014 03:32 AM

Very nice work. This helps motivate me to get my own goin’

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#2 posted 07-06-2014 04:45 AM

Wow, beautiful stuff.

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

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#3 posted 07-06-2014 12:14 PM

Looks good. Like Mos, this is good motivation to get back to mine.

-- - Billy

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#4 posted 07-06-2014 01:49 PM

Lookin’ great, Eric! That’s gonna last your whole lifetime when done…maybe your son’s too?

Love your router…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#5 posted 07-07-2014 06:16 PM


-- ~Tony

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#6 posted 07-07-2014 07:30 PM

SO now I suppose I have to do one of mine. Looks good Eric, nice tip in the dad’s.

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

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