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Forum topic by IantheTinker posted 04-13-2018 05:09 PM 570 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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IantheTinker

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04-13-2018 05:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: miter box restore back saw old hwi

I picked up this old miter box from a local Habitat for Humanity Restore, the only identifying mark I see is the HWI label on the front. I am just wondering if I am using this miter box correctly.




The fellow at the store said that a back saw is used with this box like I have pictured above. Is this correct? Is there anything missing from this miter box? Any advice or comments are welcome, thank you.

-- “How you feeling, Roy?”... “a little unappreciated, Al...” - Die Hard


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#1 posted 04-13-2018 07:45 PM

Looks okay to me. I haven’t used that particular type mitre box so can’t advise on depth stop for depth of cut. What is the name on it? Maybe you can find an instruction sheet online if you search by the name and if you have a model

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#2 posted 04-13-2018 09:38 PM

It might be a Hempe from the 1940’s.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#3 posted 04-13-2018 10:08 PM

The hardware store chain known today as “Do It Best”, began life as Hardware Wholesalers, Inc. or HWI.
These boxes were branded for sale by them, but are basically the same boxes as sold under the Craftsman name by Sears.

Here’s a shot from a 1964 Sears catalog

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IantheTinker

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#4 posted 04-14-2018 01:05 AM



The hardware store chain known today as “Do It Best”, began life as Hardware Wholesalers, Inc. or HWI.
These boxes were branded for sale by them, but are basically the same boxes as sold under the Craftsman name by Sears.

Here s a shot from a 1964 Sears catalog

- Johnny7

Thanks Johnny, that is pretty cool and it does look exactly like mine! These old tools sure are fun to poke around with and see how they used to make them. A lot more sturdy than all the plastic I have seen on newer ones.

-- “How you feeling, Roy?”... “a little unappreciated, Al...” - Die Hard

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#5 posted 04-15-2018 03:36 PM

It looks like the saw guide is adjustable on the post, which would allow you to control the depth of a cut by stopping the backsaw at the spline. It’s in very good shape, and a great find. You might want to check out the “Miter Box Of Your Dreams” thread. It may contain some more operational information. Ya gotta love these great old tools that outlast several owners…..

-- OleGrump

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#6 posted 04-16-2018 01:40 AM

Looks like nice tool ......

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