|Forum topic by Greg In Maryland||posted 08-21-2013 03:52 AM||5360 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
08-21-2013 03:52 AM
This is by far the most exciting tool find that I have ever purchased. Below is a Stanley Sweetheart 246 Mitre Box with a five inch deep Disston saw that is 26 inches long. The patent date is 1/2/1912, so at it’s oldest it is just a bit over 100 years. On the other hand, it could much newer since Stanley made these mitre boxes from 1905 to 1984.
So what is so special about this mitre box and saw? From what I can tell, it has NEVER been used. That’s right, a 100 year tool that has every part (that I can tell) and is nearly pristine. All the stops, rods, extensions, knobs, etc, etc are present and accounted for, the original wooden deck has no saw marks, the saw teeth are still sharp and the set can still be felt.
So, how did I get this survivor? Spelling. The eBay seller looked at the label and listed it as a ‘Stanley Mitre box and Disston saw.’ Because they used the uncommon spelling (mitre vs miter) there was only one other bidder and I was able to sneak in at the last minute and win the auction! It listed at $125.00 and I was able to get it for $132.50.
I am not a tool collector, even though I have a lot of tools. I am most excited to have a completely usable tool that is far superior to anything made today. I can’t wait for my first cut.