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Stanley 2358 Miter Box Restoration #1: I found another tool to restore

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Blog entry by CarterR posted 01-09-2014 03:02 PM 1997 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I could not be more excited about this one. I have been scouring Ebay and CL for a while looking for any miter box. Unfortunately I never find them on CL and the ones on Ebay go for a couple hundred dollars plus high shipping rates. I don’t know much about them and after reading many peoples comments about them I was scared that whatever I found would have missing parts or not work. I found this one on CL list yesterday for $35 with the saw.

The picture on CL was not very informative and the listing was vague, even though I knew I was going to buy it anyways, I figured it it be a piece of junk. I was wrong. The Superior Warranted Saw was straight and sharp, and the miter box appears to have all the parts besides the cut off stops. I could be wrong and if I am, I am sure I will be corrected quickly, but I do not think the 2358 model use a bar to connect the two posts at the top.

During this restoration I will:
1) Make a new saw handle (this will be a first so we will see what happens)
2) Clean the saw plate
3) Remove the dirt grime and rust from the miter box
4) Paint and oil the parts to make it look new and prevent rust in the future

The saw needs a new handle, it has many cracks


The saw plate needs cleaning and derustification

Although the rust on the Miter box is minimal there is a lot of crude that needs to be removed







Here is my random shop tip. Be careful when throwing stuff in your shop trash can during the winter.

Your cat may be trying to get warm in your plane shavings.

-- www.lowtideco.com



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WhoMe

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#1 posted 01-09-2014 03:49 PM

That last shot its way funny…
Cool score on the mitre box and saw. I’m sure it will look great when you are finished with it.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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Tim

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#2 posted 01-09-2014 07:00 PM

“The picture on CL was not very informative and the listing was vague.”

Those are usually the ones I have the best luck with. Means they don’t have a very good idea of what they have and didn’t bother to look it up.

Nice find. The saw has some rust, but it looks like it’ll clean up great, it’s just surface grime mostly, not even that much rust. I don’t know the details on that model, but there's a thread just for mitre boxes if you want to ask.

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racerglen

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#3 posted 01-09-2014 11:27 PM

I have a Dashound that likes to snif my shavings…I’m sure if he could he would bed down in the bucket.
Very nice on the mitre box, like Tim says looks like you’ve got some fairly easy cleanups there.

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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theoldfart

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#4 posted 01-10-2014 12:08 AM

That is going to be a sweet user when your done. I use my GP all the time, gives me a precise, clean and accurate cut every time.

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

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Nels

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#5 posted 01-10-2014 12:37 AM

I’m so old I used hand miter boxes before the 9” Rockwell came out. I love old tool, but a hand miter box takes a lot more accuracy than the electic one. No going back for an extra 1/64”. I know some tricks to make the joints better, but most of the tricks mean “elbow grease”. I still have one or two, but haven’t used a miter box for years. I take that back, I do have a fold up one that I will use with a hand saw for shoe mould.
If this is the one that goes past 45 degrees, it’s one of the best ones. Stanley was king, mostly because they bought out any decent competitor. Looks like most of the parts are still with it.

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Don W

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#6 posted 01-10-2014 12:43 AM

Sweet find.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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CarterR

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#7 posted 01-10-2014 02:25 PM

Nels. You are correct, the miter box does go past 45 degrees. If by a little elbow grease you mean use a shooting board, I have been using one for about half a year. It takes a little getting used to, but like anything it starts to become normal, unless you have a lot of pieces to do.

Tim. I never thought about it, but you are right, I think they just wanted to get rid of it.

-- www.lowtideco.com

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