Hand Tool Journey #39: Stanley SW #358 Miter Box Restoration #5... Final Touches Before Assembly..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 07-13-2014 03:47 AM 3486 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I might have had time today to completely assemble this but I wouldn’t have had time to take the detailed assembly pics I promised. That said there were a couple of things left to do pre-assembly that I was able to take care of this morning. I am hoping for an assembly day tomorrow so stay tuned for that.

The first thing on tap this morning was to get my bench and parts/supplies organized for tomorrow.

I got out only this boxes parts ao it brings the part count down a bit.

Then the usual assembly corrosion prevention tools and detritus..

I’ll go over each of these in more detail in the next entry when we start using them.

Next I needed to sand the back fence flat and remove the paint from the ridges. I have no idea if these remained painted originally but I prefer to leave them bare metal just to avoid any rubbing off on the stock being cut.

Got my sander ready.. (using 80 grit here probably would have been better off with 60).. You want to use a sanding block or something similar for this. Nothing that will conform to contours. You want sand this flat not round off the ridges.

Then I covered a 4×6 with some paper towels to keep from scratching the new paint and propped my box on top and went to town. Don’t linger in one spot just full strokes and work from top to bottom till all the paint is gone and you get even scratches across the wall.

And this is why I use a scrap instead of my bench.. makes an awful mess (the towel had been changed twice already)

With that done I needed to mark and predrill the mounting holes for the wood deck. Alignment of the stock guides is a bit critical for this stage so I use a couple 1/2”x1/8” metal cutoffs as place holders to align and clamp the board in place during the process.

Flip and mark the holes with an awl (got to use my new hammer.. thanks DaddyZ!)

Then pre drilled part way and it is ready to be installed when needed.

So there we go. Ready for assembly finally and like I said I hope to get that done tomorrow (Sunday). While there are a lot of little parts the assembly is pretty straight forward as you will see and I hope you stay tuned for that.

Thanks for reading!

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

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#1 posted 07-13-2014 04:43 AM

Very deliberate and proper. Great pics and dialog too. Well done, a fine post and even finer Box!

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

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#2 posted 07-13-2014 01:16 PM

Looks great, Eric! Thanks for all the detailed photos!

You are cleaning and re-building a life-long friend…

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

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#3 posted 07-13-2014 03:35 PM

Thanks guys! I am really hoping this gets someone inspired to tackle one of these themselves. It seems hard but it’s really not too bad and I am having a lot of fun with them. The results are worth the effort for sure.

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

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#4 posted 07-13-2014 04:45 PM

Eric, you’ve certainly inspired ME to give a miter box a complete restore…after I score one! :)

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

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#5 posted 07-14-2014 01:07 AM

Looks good Eric. I’m embarrassed at the boxes that are sitting on the shelf in my shop, i tend to restore only slightly then put them to use. Maybe when my 90% list is done I’ll tackle one of them!

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

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#6 posted 07-14-2014 07:57 PM

Wonderful tutorial Eric.

Thank you.

-- ~Tony

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