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My Restored Stanley 360 Miter Box

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Project by Rev. Jim Paulson posted 01-27-2011 03:51 PM 6457 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi all,

I haven’t been on here in awhile. I’ve been busy moving and getting settled in Hicksville, Ohio, where I now serve as a full time Lutheran pastor. It took some doing to consolidate my larger shop into the parsonage basement, but things worked out very well.

I recently, finished restoring a Stanley 360 miter box that I purchased last Winter on ebay. I think it turned out great and I am very glad now that I sold my power miter box saw when I moved. There is something about the quality of these old tools. I should have taken some before pictures as the miter box and the saw was pretty rusty. Fortunately, it was complete in terms of the parts. I have repainted it and I replaced the top with poplar. I reconditioned the saw by refinishing the cherry handle, removing rust and then sharpening the saw blade. If you know something about these miter boxes you might see that I still need to reposition the rear post about 180 degrees. That will happen real soon so I can get the saw to release easier with one hand.

I used one of these in High School woodshop class, except our saw back then wasn’t this sharp. Now that I have this project done, I can start working on some projects that my wife has been after me to complete. Also, it is time for me to get back to working on some Windsor chairs.

Sorry about many of the pictures being sideways. I had them corrected vertical and the correction was lost in when I imported them.

Jim

-- www.chairsbypaulson.com





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Cozmo35

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#1 posted 01-27-2011 04:02 PM

I have one just like that but it dosen’t look this good. Nice restoration!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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Beginningwoodworker

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#2 posted 01-27-2011 04:23 PM

Nice job.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Carl_unplugged

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#3 posted 01-27-2011 04:24 PM

Thanks for the impetus to set mine up. I bought one years ago and planned to restore it, but haven’t. I will now. Yours seems to have more parts than mine – I’ll have some fabrication to do.

-- Never pass up the chance to use a hand plane.

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richgreer

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#4 posted 01-27-2011 04:50 PM

Very nice restoration.

I can remember when this was the standard way to do miter cuts.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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EEngineer

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#5 posted 01-27-2011 04:54 PM

Very nice! I have an ancient Craftsman that’s real similar in the restoration queue.

How did you sharpen the saw? I am almost certain that will be needed in my case too. I have never sharpened hand saws before and it looks like it will be time to learn how.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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Rev. Jim Paulson

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#6 posted 01-27-2011 09:11 PM

Thanks for the kind words. A great site to learn about sharpening handsaws is this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flJMdpkcn5s&feature=related Tom Lie-Nielsen teaches you on the video how to sharpen a crosscut saw. There is another one for learning how to sharpen a rip saw.

Hope this helps,
Jim

-- www.chairsbypaulson.com

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rwyoung

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#7 posted 01-27-2011 11:35 PM

Sharpening is easier than you think. The LN video is a good start. That style of saw vice is great because you can make one sized to fit the saw(s) you have. I’ve made two, one large and one small.

Taig Frid’s book (Volume 1 I think) has a very nice introduction to saw sharpening that will get you miles down the road.

Just be patient, get good light, more magnification than you think you need and look carefully at the teeth under the handle for clues as to how the saw was previously sharpened. If those teeth look good and reasonable, make some notes, perhaps a few jigs to show you the angle and go for it.

p.s. great looking mitre box too. I need to clean up the 358 box I have. Works fine, just isn’t pretty any more. :)

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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reedwood

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#8 posted 01-31-2011 08:30 PM

Wow. This was my first mitre box.

I have one like this on display in my office as an antique. Yours cleaned up like brand new. I’m leaving mine as original thinking it might be worth more eventually.

I admire your commitment to use this saw exclusively. At 16 yrs old, I can remember getting real good at it; knowing the stroke and the sweet spot like a violin, shim behind for a little more 45* angle, knife the line to prevent tear out, holding the weight up for a lighter touch, slow down and clean cut at the end so you don’t trash your wood bed.

And finally, at the end of the day, taking time to clean the tool and coat it with wax, then store the back saw in a leather harness.

Ah,.....the good ol days.

I made a Oak mitre box stand for mine with adjustable folding material supports with 1×4 legs. At that time there wasn’t any mitre stands available on the market that I can remember.

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.

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Rev. Jim Paulson

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#9 posted 01-31-2011 11:04 PM

Thanks Mark and RW,

Yeah, I painted mine and cleaned it up figuring it is a keeper like my beech workbench. Admittedly, I am still learning on the sharpening aspect. I like the idea of doing things myself and, especially, if you have a bunch of handsaws, they don’t do you much good if they just hang on wall. I will definitely be checking out other resources on handsaw sharpening as you suggest RW.

Since I can’t spring for a new power miter saw, let alone store one, going back to a hand operated saw is good timing for me.

Take care,
Jim

-- www.chairsbypaulson.com

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babates

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#10 posted 01-26-2012 03:30 AM

i realize this is an old post, but i just purchased a stanley 246 miter box. overall it appears in good condition, but is missing a few parts (the top tie bar, and the stock guides primarily ). Do you have any suggestions or sources for replacing or rebuilding these? this is my first foray into using the “cordless” variety. I’m moving away from loud, dangerous woodworking and embracing the quiet world of hand work

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Tennessee

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#11 posted 03-02-2013 09:17 PM

Just got one of these, but mine must be a later, cheaper model. I don’t have the apparatus on the left, and my legs are not integral to the cast bottom, they are bolt on stamped steel. Still, for the lousy $38 I paid, I’ll do the restoration!
Thanks for the pics, they help a LOT.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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