Hand Tool Journey #44: Stanley SW #358 Miter Box Restoration #10.. Calling it Done!

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 08-03-2014 03:03 AM 1540 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So… the box is finished as far as the restoration is concerned. The saw still needs sharpening and the whole box needs a fine tuning. I finished the handle today and finally got it all put back together for the first time in months. This guy is ready for another 100 years of service as far as I can tell.

Here is some catch up on the handle build.

I finished up the shaping and sanded the shaped areas and the outer edge up to 400 grit.

Then I decided I wanted to add some ghost lines for the more manufactured OEM look.

So starting with 80 grit on up to 400 grit on a granite tile..

Here it is next to the original pre finish..

3 coats of 3/2/1 and a coat of wax later..

And there we have it! Another box done. I have a SW 242 on deck next but probably won’t blog it’s progress. I think 2 straight blogs on mitre boxes is enough for anyone lol. Thanks for coming along on the journey and here I leave you with some before and afters :D



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

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#1 posted 08-03-2014 03:08 AM

Looks great Eric.

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#2 posted 08-03-2014 03:11 AM


I don’t know miter boxes, but I’ve never seen a finer one!

I once did a cedar-lined closet on 45-degree bias using the cheapest wooden miter box and stanley backsaw I could find at HD. Yours looks way better. I ddn’t know such a thing existed, but it makes sense.

I just found this Jorgensen one on CL.


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#3 posted 08-03-2014 11:15 AM

Fantastic job AF!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 08-03-2014 01:40 PM

Great job, Eric! Every detail of the miter box is superb! And that tote looks fine!

This series is certainly worthy of publication…just sayin’

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

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Don Broussard

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#5 posted 08-03-2014 02:10 PM

Eric—Another WOW restoration! If it was possible, I’d like to see a new-in-box one from back in the day side by side with your restored one—I’d bet yours would look better. Looks like there are a few calendar-worthy shots in this post.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#6 posted 08-03-2014 03:26 PM

That’s awesome

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#7 posted 08-03-2014 04:11 PM

Thanks guys.

Don – I would like to see a side by side as well. I still have a few questions about how these were shipped from the factory originally. Problem is… the camera wasn’t around then lol.

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

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#8 posted 08-03-2014 05:06 PM

As always, the Mitre Master! Great restore, especially the saw. Good work Eric

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

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#9 posted 08-04-2014 03:15 AM

Thanks Kevin! So… who’s trying one next?

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

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#10 posted 08-04-2014 01:35 PM

Heck, Eric, I’m too intimidated after seeing ALL those pieces! LOL.

Was thinking of offering $$$ for your next one!!! I already have two 28” Simmonds miter saws and a HUGE 30” Disston sans tote…

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

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#11 posted 08-04-2014 02:16 PM

Very nice work, indeed.

Now let me just step out of this pool of drool….

-- Ed

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#12 posted 08-04-2014 03:57 PM

Stunning work Eric. It’s beautiful.

-- ~Tony

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