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My Millers Falls-Langdon Miter Box #1: Look Ma! No Motor!

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 01-16-2015 06:38 PM 2056 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My pastor had this miter box in his garage. His father owned it originally. Since he has never used it, he offered it to me.

Having had one of these on my mind for some time I immediately accepted sight unseen. (Well, truthfully, I knew where it was and sort of what condition the saw was in, but I did not know any of the particulars.)

Today I was at the parsonage putting handles on the kitchen cabinets and I was able to take the saw home with me. All these pictures show the box as I received it. I have not done any cleaning of it at all. The saw moves through the guides and the guides move up and down, but very slowly. The could partly be by it living in a cold garage. I know that cold makes oil thick.

Yes, it’s a Millers Falls Langdon #1124. That’s about all I knew up until 1/2 an hour ago. Apparently this is something good?

I like the fact that it’s completely made of steel and that it’s old and old enough to be made in this country. I may have been made before I was born!

Doing some research via the information on the leble I was able to find a pdf file of the manual for this tool. [link here].

I’m going to have to restore this tool in order to effectively use it. I know the blade is dull, so that means I need to learn a new skill, sharpening saw blades! The bright side of that is that once I can sharpen the saw, I know someone with an almost identical miter box with a dull saw, so I can do him a favor as well.

The detents do not tell what angles they refer too, so I’ll have to figure them out.

There are all kinds of adjustment-looking fiddlybits on this, so I hope the manual I found will demystify them. I haven’t studied it yet as I just discovered it and then sat down to write this. If anyone has hints or tips on restoring this sort of tool I’d love to hear from you as I’m bound to have questions along the way.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 01-16-2015 08:00 PM

Nice pay for your volunteer work Dave, you were paid well for your door handle installation job.
Regarding your question about this being something good?, heck yea, any free woodworking tool is a good tool. Looks like it will need quite a cleaning, but you can find plenty of good articles & videos on tool restoration both in this site, on the web, and in YouTube.
One site in particular you might want to get familiar with is W K Fine Tools, www.wkfinetools.com. Do a search for “saw restoration”, and one for “miter saw”. You’ll find plenty of information there, saws are one of the most discussed items.
Good luck on the restoration, enjoy the saw.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 01-16-2015 08:42 PM



Nice pay for your volunteer work Dave, you were paid well for your door handle installation job.
Regarding your question about this being something good?, heck yea, any free woodworking tool is a good tool. Looks like it will need quite a cleaning, but you can find plenty of good articles & videos on tool restoration both in this site, on the web, and in YouTube.
One site in particular you might want to get familiar with is W K Fine Tools, www.wkfinetools.com. Do a search for “saw restoration”, and one for “miter saw”. You ll find plenty of information there, saws are one of the most discussed items.
Good luck on the restoration, enjoy the saw.

- Oldtool

Wow! that’s the website where I found the manual for the miter box. You seem to know all the websites I’ve missed. Thanks.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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greg48

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#3 posted 01-16-2015 09:37 PM

I see it came with no motor, but I don’t see where the belt pully would mount either

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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waho6o9

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#4 posted 01-17-2015 03:31 AM

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/36757

Here’s another source of info ^ and the one Oldtool

mentioned is great as well.

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#5 posted 01-17-2015 02:44 PM

Nice, Dave! Looking forward to your restoration.

-- God bless, Candy

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Don W

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#6 posted 01-17-2015 03:44 PM

I restored one just like it. Nice job.

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

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