I picked up this little mitre box at a flea market back in August for $6.
It came with a Warranted Superior backsaw with a bent back/plate and possibly a replacement handle? That’s another story.
Out of all the tools that I have brought home to ‘save’ I’m not sure why this one jumped to the front of the rehab line. Maybe because it didn’t need sharpened. And I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be de-valuing it with refinishing (yeah, I watched a lot of Antique Roadshow).
I had a few goals for this rehab. I wanted the Stanley brandings to remain intact.
And I wanted to keep it as much original as possible.
I disassembled it and covered the graduated arc(?) with painters tape.
The remainder of the black was removed in the blast cabinet and then repainted with a few coats of gloss black rattle can paint. Sorry no pics of that. Hard to photograph but the lettering is ledgible. Yes!
The bed was more of a challenge. I decided to fill the major cut lines with walnut dust and CA glue.
Shoulda used some masking to contain the dust and glue. Oops.
Trying to sand the patches without obliterating the name…
I tried clamping a ‘shield’ over it. That resulted in a divot just next to the shield. No bueno. So I bit the bullet and sanded the entire surface v e r y g e n t l y.
Well, I know it’s there.
A little research revealed that a sacrificial board was often used with these Mitre boxes. Hmmm why not a piece of live-edge ash? Planed down to 3/8”. Fashioned some aluminum brackets (with leather to keep from scratching the newly painted surfaces).
The saw keeper(is that what it’s called?) needs raised to install or remove the sacrificial board. Once in place it is very snug and does not move.
OK! The bare metal parts were cleaned and waxed. The graduated arc was cleaned and covered with a clear finish. And the box was reassembled.
But, how does it work? Need a sharp saw to test it. The Veritas crosscut saw is sharp. The top of the saw keeper has nuts and bolts to tighten/loosen the hold on the saw.
Not sure if the nut part is original. It seems there may have been threads in the metal at one time and only one nut when I brought it home. A second was found in the shop’s ‘jewelry box’.
The Veritas barely fit. Unfortunately, there is not enough plate under the spine to cut anything thicker than about 1/8 to 1/4”. Thanks to a previous post by DocBailey, on the Mitre Box of your Dreams thread, I knew this particular mitre box was made to use both a backsaw and a panel saw. I have a small panel saw that fit, but it wasn’t sharp. So, I sharpened it! (So much for a ‘no sharpening’ project!)
Test cut in a piece of cherry.
WooHoo! Better than I ever dreamed!
Goals met (for the most part). It works. I’m happy with it. Any suggestions, comments, additional info are welcome. Thanks for reading.
-- God bless, Candy