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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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745 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: mitrebox mitre box miterbox miter box hand mitre hand miter resource miter saw

With a nod to the Epic Thread, there are hopefully enough hand-tool enthusiasts out there to address a LJ topic area that’s lacking: the venerable mitre box. Stanley, Langdon, Miller’s Falls, etc. What you got? What you want? Questions? Dreams? Boxes and saws for them, post it all below!

Here’s my go-to, a Stanley SW #346, Frame 3:

How about yours?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive


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lysdexic

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#1 posted 745 days ago

You have a Stanley SW miter box. A very cool one I might add. Who would a thunk.

Seriously, I don’t have a miter box but I have been told the red Millers Falls is the one to get – like the ome that Don and Dan have. I’d like to know why though.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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cabmaker

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#2 posted 745 days ago

Smittey, while I certainly have respect for your post, After trimming many houses my miller fallls rig was finally stolen. That was thirty five years ago. I shortly therafter bought the latest rockwell mitre saw that hit the scene. Then about thirty years ago I bought a used 10 mikita chopsaw (still have it). All of my mitre boxes will have cords on them. enjoy JB

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 745 days ago

How about a big honkin’ (ugly?) Craftsman? Needs some love:

Saw handle design at it’s nearly worst:

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 745 days ago

JB- I have a cast iron 10” Craftsman chorded miter that does the framing cuts. Wouldn’t do without it! But I also love working with hand power when the situation permits. Thanks for checking in!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 745 days ago

Anyone out there have a resource that explains the “Frame” numbers in the Stanley world of mitres? Has to do with the height of the paired rods, front and back, and as a result the depth of cut possible, but that’s all I’ve discovered to this point…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#6 posted 745 days ago

Kat, thanks and it’s a blast to use. Not for everything, but it’s truly an asset to the shop. Soetimes I see mitres for cheap, other times I’m amazed and their ‘value’ in the antique stores and flea mkts.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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DocBailey

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#7 posted 745 days ago

Here’s a slighter newer version of Smitty’s rig—my 1955 Stanley 346

The middle number in the Stanley numbering scheme for these boxes refers to the height of the backsaw (in inches).
The Langdon Acme Millers Falls is also a very nice box. I just sold a very nice example from the ‘30s. They don’t go cheap.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#8 posted 745 days ago

Doc, you’ve got the full compliment of rods underneath! Excellent, as I hope to find those parts someday… Thanks for the numbering insight as well, i sold an All-Steel that I hope will appear here in a pic someday. It was nice, just had too many…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Don W

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#9 posted 745 days ago

Here is mine. The restore blog

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#10 posted 745 days ago

An awesome restore, Don. Anyone using one of these?

Wonder if the blade stays true or wants to skew of line in thicker stuff?

For storage, is open shelves the way? Draws? Or ? Don, where’s yours live between uses?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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chrisstef

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#11 posted 745 days ago

now ya done it … im gonna have to blow the dust of my old stanley miter box and post some pics tonight. Its been up on a shelf for about a year now …. thanks Smitty, now i gotta do some restoration to keep up with the Jones’.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Don W

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#12 posted 745 days ago

Unfortunately I’m still looking for a home spot. Right now it lives under my table saw, but thats not where its going to stay. If you look in the lower right hand corner of this photo you can see it.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#13 posted 745 days ago

They’re hard to capture in a single frame with detail… Bring it on, love to see and hear the story how you got it!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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DocBailey

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#14 posted 745 days ago

Smitty – not long after I read your post, I stumbled across this – maybe a start on completing your mitre box—just thought I’d throw it out there
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stanley-Parts-Grab-Bag-61Gauge-40-Level-358-Miter-Box-Stop-Gage-Plane-Screw-/290692633083?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43aea191fb#ht_620wt_1396

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Dave

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#15 posted 744 days ago

I use a yellow plastic one, but Smitty I am looking for a good one. Thanks for opening this blog. It will give me a good reference point.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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