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My Millers Falls-Langdon Miter Box #2: After a Good Look

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 01-17-2015 09:25 PM 1397 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Look Ma! No Motor! Part 2 of My Millers Falls-Langdon Miter Box series Part 3: After the Cleaning »

Finally got some time to go over the manual regarding this miter box and compare it to the actual piece. It looks to me like it’s complete and pretty much immediately usable once I sharpen the saw. I’m kind of torn whether to repaint it. Most of the gray paint is intact once I got through the dirt with a gentle brass brush. The chrome has flaked off a lot of those parts, but the whole piece is only suffering from light surface rust. I like the patina of used tools.

We’ll see how I feel when I get out to a place that sells the appropriate paint. Looks to me like what I’d call Christmas tree stand red and primer gray.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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greg48

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#1 posted 01-17-2015 10:55 PM

So Dave, what are your intentions here with this restoration, honorable I trust? Unless you’re planning on making it a museum piece one might just want to get it in working shape and put it to work, flaked chrome and all. It was made to do work, so let it do its thing. I don’t know much about manual miter saws (or anything else for that matter), but if you are going to sharpen the teeth on the saw with a triangular file don’t forget to set the teeth if of course it had any set to begin with. Looking forward to following your progress.

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

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#2 posted 01-17-2015 11:12 PM



So Dave, what are your intentions here with this restoration, honorable I trust? Unless you re planning on making it a museum piece one might just want to get it in working shape and put it to work, flaked chrome and all. It was made to do work, so let it do its thing. I don t know much about manual miter saws (or anything else for that matter), but if you are going to sharpen the teeth on the saw with a triangular file don t forget to set the teeth if of course it had any set to begin with. Looking forward to following your progress.

- greg48

My intention is to put the saw to work. That’s the main reason why I’m on the fence about repainting it. I don’t have room for museum pieces. A tool is to be used or eventually it might go away. There’s any number of times I’ve grabbed a hand saw to make one or two cuts instead of jigging up the table saw, plus the required ear-wear for power equipment. Plus I can easily bring it outside or out and about if I ever need to. No cord required.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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