I’ve cleaned up the miter box with some oil and a brass brush. It’s in good shape to my judgement. I only disassembled the guides. The slides were only dirty, not rusty nor pitted. The springs are all working as well. I’m very happy. I did discover two things after removing the box from the board it was on and coating it liberally with linseed oil. The previous owner scribed his name onto the board, ‘Hugo Vogt’ which is my pastor’s father. Als...
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’...
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 th...
Shortly after a post about the Millers Falls No.42 coping saw on C. Schwarz’s blog – the saw became “challenging” to find. This might be because it offers one of the better mechanisms for adjusting the blade. So I hunted around for about 3 years before I finally found one, then two, and finally 3 saws. But the one thing that struck me was that all three were different – not strange in the tool world, but maybe strange for a saw. Here’s a small study of the ...
A tear-down of a Millers Falls 709, as per the Millers Falls advertising literature. http://workingbyhand.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/buck-rogers-planes-part-2/
A brief Millers Falls study of the No.104 “Buck Rogers” hand drill. This is a very aesthetically pleasing tool, but functionally it doesn’t work as well as some of their earlier models. http://workingbyhand.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/the-millers-falls-no-104-hand-drill/
This is the first post of three relating to cloned planes – vintage planes made by the likes of Stanley, Sargent and Millers Falls for catalog companies such as Sears. http://workingbyhand.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/the-clone-wars-part-i/
The 1950s may have been the last great push in tool design before the dark ages of the 1960s-1980s ensued. This blog posting is a little bit more info on Millers Falls “Buck Rogers” tool line. http://workingbyhand.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/atomic-era-buck-rogers-tools/
So when I started down this hand plane road I will admit I did not have any idea what I was doing. I purchased hand planes on E Bay with the opinion that I could figure it out as I go, kinda a shot gun approach if you will. This resulted in some purchased that I fell in love with such as a 5 1/4 bench plane that honestly at this point is used more as a smooth plane than a fore plane. I also though bought a block plane well a few, okay, okay I bought like five but they were all different quali...
Just some photos I took tonight that I thought I would share so you could see some of the braces from the previous blog post side by side. 12” Lion and 12” North Bros 2100 Yankee 12” Yankee and 12” Millers Falls 731 Holdall 12” Lion and 12” Holdall 10” Yankee 2101 and 10” Goodell Pratt 2510 Millers Falls Lion Chuck and a no name, typical brace Chuck 12” Lion and 12” Yankee Chucks 12” Yankee and 12” H...
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