|Project by bch||posted 01-04-2015 03:48 AM||1677 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
A friend of mine was most kind and gifted me a 1909 Millers Falls Miter Box, Size 2 1/2, No. 74. It was in terrific shape excepting the rust that had developed over the last 100+ years and a weld that fixed a break (from being dropped, presumably). I decided to refurbish it to like-new condition and put it in service rather than keep it as a collectible.
1. The completed miter box.
2. The miter box prior to refurbishment (sorry for the poor-quality of this photo—I didn’t realize it was blurry until I had already dis-assembled the box).
3. The miter box all dis-assembled.
5. My helper sanding down the rusty, pitted saw.
6. The completed miter box with saw.
I used naval jelly for rust removal, as well as a wire wheel to clean up the parts. I painted it as-original as I could determine from photos of other MF No. 74 Miter Boxes online, and cleaned up the saw with water-displacement oil and 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper.
Please see my blog on this refurbishment for more details.