For this blog entry, Amelia asked me (Joe, AKA Daddy) to describe the process. Here goes: The face frame for the cabinet is to be mitered on the corners, which are fastened together with loose tenons placed by the Festool domino. First, I ripped cherry to width on the tablesaw. Second, Amelia got to have some fun. She used my late grandfather’s beautiful craftsman miter box to saw 45 angles on the corners. What a wonderful way to honor his legacy! Third, I used my festool domin...
In my last post, I recounted the restoration of my Goodell Manufacturing Co. miterbox. I also detailed the fabrication of missing parts, as well as the process of mounting the whole affair to a base. Now, I’m going to share with you my six-month journey to find a suitable soul-mate for my miterbox—a backsaw. Boy. You’d think that tracking down a Disston miter saw stamped with a “Made Expressly for Goodell Manufacturing, Co.” etching would be a simple task, (—-heavy sarcasm—-.) ...
During a rust-hunting expedition last summer, I picked up six saws and a miterbox. I didn’t really “need” it because I already had two sitting on shelves at home. Still, this one had all the earmarks of an industrial-age tool—definitely the early part of the 20th century. It spoke to me. I could hear the whispers of craftsmen, shadows of an age long since passed, calling to me. I could feel them working grueling 14-hour days to eke out an existence in depression-era America. I was in a ...
It was a good day in the garage. I need a few more like this one to keep me on track to finish this project and a few others before Christmas Eve. First I cut the pieces for the base frame, box sides, and the drawer fronts out of White Ash). Because I’m going to attempt dovetail joints for the first time on the box sides, I cut the sides by hand and jointed the edges by hand to make sure they were perfectly matched. My playing surface was about a quarter of an inch ove...
I had a long day volunteering at my daughter’s school, so I didn’t get to put in much time on the project today. I did manage to cut the frame for the checkerboard from the rest of the White Ash that I used for the lighter squares. It’s amazing how diverse the grain looks considering it all came from the same single 5”W x 12’L board. It would have been nice if it was all like the curly sections. Some of the straighter grained sections look kind of boring by...
For the second time that I have to continue the making of hexabox under the two tone concept. The first part ended in the mitering using a 45 degree chamfering bit by router manually. STEP 4. The Assembly After routing and ready for assemble.. Notice the gap caused by using the 45 degree instead of the 60 degree.. I need to caulk it with 30 degree wedges. The priority is the sides have to be erected perpendicular and insert the caulking pieces so I have to make glue the bottom ...
A miter box method by Martyn can be done by using portable router. Here are the pictures that show my way: THE BOARD This was cut pieces using saw! THE MITER CUT Two layers of masking tape. Notice that I already applied the finish… dead flat lacquer but it became glossy after 5 coats. I Using just a small router proves it can be done. Guide can be nailed. Finally, the lid is done! Till next time….. Here is another design on th...
In the words of the baseball great Sammy Sosa, “Garage sales have been very, very, good to me.” Or at least that’s what I’d think he’d say if his run of saw luck was as good as mine. The Craig’s List garage sale ad touted “vintage/antique handsaw collection – make offer for one or all,” sandwiched between the Singer sowing machines and the 1960’s Life Magazines. The words “collection” and “make offer” motivated m...
I’ve wanted a miter box for a while, and had my heart set on a Millers Falls. I’ve looked at a few Stanley’s, but passed mainly due to price. While at an antique shop a short while ago I found this. Its a Millers Falls Langdon Acme Miter Box model 74C. Once i got it home my intend was to just clean it up good and use it. I do remember walking to the shop one evening after work thinking, “maybe I’ll clean up the miter saw”, but I don’t know when it became a com...
I picked up an older miter-box the other day, and thought I would get it all fixed up and working during this weekends down time. Pictures tend to describe processes best, so here are a load of pictures. I hope you enjoyed!
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