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Forum topic by BerBer5985 posted 03-10-2012 05:57 PM 3175 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-10-2012 05:57 PM

I’m thinking of getting an older miter box but u have no clue what older models are decent. There are so many. Some by stanley, some by craftsman, etc. Are there any that stand out as being better than others. Im starting to look and I want to keep my eye out for the better models.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#1 posted 03-10-2012 06:30 PM

I have had my 12in Ridgid mitersaw for ~9 years or so. What I am now finding is that a TS sled does a much better job of crosscuts. I still use my mitersaw but usually just to size 8/4 and 12/4 rough lumber to be used on the TS or BS.

Even when I take the time to accurately set the MS angle, it will still come out off by a degree or so. I do not know if this has helped you, but IMO I do not find them that accurate.

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#2 posted 03-10-2012 07:56 PM

I passed up an old Craftsman miter saw at an estate sale and kick myself. It had a super sharp Disston back blade that was replaceable in a heavy sliding carraige and the whole thing just said ‘quality’ to me. Most of the tools in this estate were from the 1940s and before. I think Stanley made the units for Sears, or maybe Millers Falls did. I think they would be perfect for small mouldings like picture frame stock. With a sharp saw they are probably incredibly accurate. I still use an old rock maple mitre box when I do small coves or shoe mouldings. I don’t see the point in dragging out a sliding power miter saw for tiny stuff.

I like this one on ebay. You KNOW you will have a perfect 45 with that unit!

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#3 posted 03-10-2012 08:03 PM

The Millers Falls Langdon Acme miter box is generally considered the “Cadillac” of miter boxes. Example:

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#4 posted 03-11-2012 02:51 AM

I’ve got an old Miller’s Falls miter box that was my dad’s. Not sure of the model number but it in great shape. I’ll have to dig it out and see what I have. I haven’t used it in years but remember using that saw as a kid.
always seemed like a lot of work at the time!

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#5 posted 03-11-2012 03:17 AM

I like the old Jorgensen miter boxes similar to the one in Amazon. Very accurate with clean cuts.

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#6 posted 03-16-2012 01:02 PM

Cjwillie, you wouldn’t want to part with that mitre box, would you? Just thought I would ask

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#7 posted 03-16-2012 04:46 PM

I have one that looks like this. The saw is in much better shape—if you are interested, let me know—I’d let it go.

Combination is made by Craftsman—it’s a pretty heavy beast.

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#8 posted 03-16-2012 07:18 PM

For the right price, all my tools are for sale! I haven’t really thought about that old saw for years. I dug it out, it could use a good cleaning. The blade is still sharp. I can’t find a model number. There is a sticker on it that you can still read “Miller’s Falls” and a number, “1205” but that may be part of a serial number. I have no idea what it’s worth. I haven’t seen any at auctions lately or seen any for sale online. Make me an offer, we’ll see what happens. Thanks, Willie

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#9 posted 03-16-2012 11:02 PM

The Millers Falls / Langdon miter boxes are awesome! I have one and it is a very nice example. 90 degree cuts all the time. There are lots of them out there for good prices and bad. Good Luck!

-- Mike

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#10 posted 04-20-2013 12:34 PM

Anyone have any opinions on the style that makes the most sense. I’ve seen the ones with two posts, ones with a single arm that hangs above the saw, and ones like this one, which is avalable locally for $25. The Langdon/Millers Falls versions that I see on ebay are pricy.

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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