Washer for Millers Falls 74C Miter Box

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Forum topic by JWPopp posted 07-09-2016 11:48 AM 500 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2016 11:48 AM

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Hi, Folks -

I’ve an old 74C that’s virtually perfect, except the curved custom retainer washer on one of the depth stops is missing. Anyone have a hint as to best place to look? Don’t wanna buy the whole thing, just a special washer. Lost it in a move and a loan (bad idea) to a friend.


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#1 posted 07-09-2016 02:40 PM

You may have to make one. The depth stops are not that complicated.

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#2 posted 07-09-2016 03:46 PM

Thanks for responding, “loiblb.” That was my first thought, too. However, the shape is complex flat+curve, it’s very thick and would have to be ground and faced, and it would be nearly impossible to have it chromed now that all the small plating shops have been forced to close. I’m sure I could spend much too much to have a machine shop fab one from stainless bar stock, but will first allow this inquiry to run its course. Thanks again.


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#3 posted 07-11-2016 06:44 AM

I don’t know exactly what the washer is shaped like, but you might be able to make one by drilling with a hole saw into the side of a steel tube or pipe. That will give you a curved washer.

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#4 posted 07-11-2016 08:16 AM

Thanks, “runswith scissors” -
The rig is nearly perfect, though I’ve used it extensively. Because it’s an antique and nearly perfect, I’ll keep looking for that washer or have one machined. Am an engineer, and easily capable of making the saw work – but that won’t restore it. (Incidentally, it’s curved on one side to match the post, and flat on the other to match the knob – definitely not easy to fix by substitution. I’ve even thought of something similar to your suggestion, but consisting of both a curved and a flat washer soldered together/ It would work, but never be fully concealed.)

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