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Forum topic by Watercolor posted 01-07-2016 03:04 AM 689 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-07-2016 03:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tools hand tools

I’ve always used hand tools but used a lot of power tools also until.. Stupidly I got my index finger in the mitre saw and then got my bird finger in the TS. Granted I was stressed and rushing and well for a lack of words stupid. Besides the point. I see a TS as indespencible especially for ripping long stock and other functions. Thinking of going mostly neander and selling the mitre saw and buying a Manuel mitre box and making a bench hook. Anyone else ever done this? Regrets or greatest thing ever?

-- BURL


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#1 posted 01-07-2016 09:17 PM

Check out the “miter box of your dreams” thread. Lots of unplggers there.

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#2 posted 01-07-2016 09:29 PM

I use my hand miter box more often than the table saw. For a cut or two, it’s faster. It allows me to safely cut much smaller pieces than the table saw and the angles are also much more accurate. Just make sure to get a good quality miter box and saw.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#3 posted 01-07-2016 10:27 PM

Looked at the thread seems very much like a collectors / occasional user type thread. Went ahead and sold the mitre saw and will be making bench hooks shortly. Anyone. Know much about a Stanley no 50 box?

-- BURL

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#4 posted 01-07-2016 10:34 PM

“collectors / occasional user”

Burl, not really. A lot of the folks there use their mitre box all the time. I do collect some mitre boxes, mostly from about 1870 to 1890. However my daily users are two Goodell Mfg All Steel units. I do all my precision cutting with these along with tenons, lap joints and the like. I haven’t used my table saw in over two years.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#5 posted 01-07-2016 10:42 PM

Didn’t mean any offense with the comment.

Very new to mitre boxes and there seems to be a lot of them. Anything in particular I should look for and prices are from 25-550 I even saw an nos MF 74 with saw for 1399$

Seems like this is a good decision for me as I’m not a production guy and accuracy is becoming more important.

-- BURL

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#6 posted 01-08-2016 12:10 AM

No offense taken. You should be able to find a good user box for anywhere from $25 to $75 with the saw. There is a 358 for $50 in my local Craig’s List right now.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#7 posted 01-08-2016 12:27 AM

Collectors / occasional users? Ouch.

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#8 posted 01-08-2016 12:32 AM

You probably wouldn’t want to use one for anything approaching production work, but for occasional use they work great.

If you have a chance to be choosy, try to pick one that’s complete. Look up a parts list before buying. The trips that clamp on the saw spine on the Stanleys and the length gauges and trees are often missing on MF and/or Stanley boxes.
The older Stanley boxes are very well regarded as well as the MF Langdon ACME and the Goodell All Steel.

The longer the saw the more stroke you have to work with and the deeper the saw is under the spine the thicker the piece you can saw.

Oh yeah and I use mine a lot. Maybe not every time I’m in the shop, but not uncommonly for sure.

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#9 posted 01-08-2016 12:33 AM

I just sold my Langdon. No miter box collector here.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#10 posted 01-08-2016 01:19 AM

in no way am I production. Was at one point but grew tired of the hassle and wanted to start producing what I wanted to… I have to do enough finish production to avoid building production. Will keep an eye out for a good vintage box and do my research again no offense that thread just seemed more of a … Idk lots of great looking stuff just didn’t really read any opinions toward what I was wondering but I enjoyed the thread

-- BURL

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#11 posted 01-08-2016 01:34 AM

Believe me, unless it’s super rare, it’s probably gonna see some use.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#12 posted 01-08-2016 01:40 AM

I only have a a Millers Falls mitre box, no other means of making mitered cross cuts other than handsaws. With that mitre box, I framed a man cave in my basement.

I am neither a collector or casual user. That saw gets used on about every project. In fact, I even have three back saws for it. Two with fine teeth and one with coarse teeth for construction lumber.

Have yet to cut myself on it; pretty safe tool.

-- Mike

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#13 posted 01-08-2016 01:53 AM

Here’s what I meant buy casual use….
They have electric mitre saws they use for cuts and break out the mitre box for very exact things. I am planning on using it and bench hooks solely and being rid of the electric saw… There I feel like I’ve clarified that lol

Hand tools is a slippery slope to fall on to

-- BURL

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#14 posted 01-08-2016 02:29 AM

That it is. No worries.

Now collecting planes? That! Is a whole nother story!

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#15 posted 01-08-2016 03:13 AM

Lol
No 7 prelateral
No 5, 4 both around 1902
LN low angle smoother
LN block
LN rabbet block
Wooden no 3 smoother
And still looking

-- BURL

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