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Forum topic by Chuds posted 09-28-2016 01:33 PM 626 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-28-2016 01:33 PM

I recently purchased a miter box on eBay ( miller falls Langdon #74c and I noticed it is missing the two dowels located on the back. ( see photos). It appears they are made to slide through the back stop but I am not exactly sure what they are used for. I can’t seem to find anything on them. Most of them sold on eBay are missing as well.
Does anyone know what and and how they are used

Thanks for the help!

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#1 posted 09-28-2016 03:49 PM

I have a Stanley which looks identical. I believe they are made to hold moldings against the fence.

Here's a manual I found on a simple Google search:

Upon a brief scan it appears something is off with the model # of the one you have.

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#2 posted 09-28-2016 08:02 PM

I agree the model number is probably wrong. If that’s from the listing you bought, that’s an older mitre box and saw than a 74C. Also I’m confused by what you think are missing, since they are shown in the picture. Basically they screw down tight, then loosen and you can slide them on a track in the base of the mitre box to secure pieces against the fence or to keep them away from the back fence and a certain angle. I rarely use mine.

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#3 posted 09-28-2016 10:43 PM

I apologize. To clarify, The photo I attached is one on eBay that I attached as an example. Mine is missing the two dowels that slide on the tracks. I’ll double check the model on the tag on my unit when I get home and let you know. I can probably have two dowels made that would work? (Unless I get lucky and find a set someday?)

I’ll also try to google an owners manual that matches my box. I’ll attach a photo of my box as well so you can see exactly what I am talking about.

I really appreciate you taking the time to respond guys. Thank you very much. !

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#4 posted 09-29-2016 04:49 AM

I looked at box again it is a miller falls #73. Size 2. Patent dates are 1885 and 1909. I attached photos to show missing hold downs on mine.
I also noticed there is no stop bracket on either end of unit like I see on other models and the Stanley 150’s?

I’m going to google to see if I can find owners manual ? The unit is pretty old but seems to work smoothly. And I quickly sharpened blade recently and it cuts well ( and square). Hopefully I find something?

I’m also going to check out this site for any other blogs on this miter box. I’m kind of new to lumberjacks site so I’m finding out how much info there really is just on this site.

Thanks for any input you may have.


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#5 posted 09-29-2016 05:41 AM

You may want to poke around HERE

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