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Forum topic by Ericc22 posted 08-09-2014 03:03 PM 998 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-09-2014 03:03 PM


I am interested in purchasing a dead-on miter box. I will use it for cutting standard 2x stock so it needs to be big enough to handle 2×8s and possibly bigger.

Background….. The only power tool I own is a bandsaw which I am very happy with. I need something to make the crosscuts that this won’t accommodate because of their length. I do not want a chop saw – I want to stick with hand tools. And I have a shooting board to true up my messy free hand cuts but want something faster.

I want something that will give me 90 degrees, dead on. I am willing to pay for the quality. I do need something that is fully restored as I am not mechanically inclined and lack the ability to restore it myself. Just want to pay for something that is ready to go, saw included.

I have investigated Nobex but am not interested. I have tried Brass City but unfortunately they aren’t selling tools right now. I’ve read great things about the Millers Fall Langdon and some of the old Stanley’s, but I don’t want to buy one from ebay as I am not smart enough to know what’s good!

I found a Stanley 358 for $400. It is reported as being in great shape, extra fine. Ready to use with a sharp Simonds saw. Is that a fair price for a good unit?

Any idea on the pricing of a Millers Fall Langdon in great shape?

If anyone can recommend a place to get one, a specific model you like, a fair ebay listing, etc. – I’d be most appreciative. I am located in NJ if that matters.



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#1 posted 08-09-2014 06:27 PM

I’m sure there are some people on LJ that can set you up with one. $400 sounds high, but if it’s in really good shape and worth it to you that may be different.

I have a Langdon Improved and it has a crosscut capacity of 10-1/4”. I don’t know about the Stanleys, but I would be surprised if they are enough over 11” to fit a 2×12. 2×10s you’d be all set with mine, but not all models had a cutting capacity that wide.

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#2 posted 08-09-2014 06:39 PM

$400 is way too steep unless it’s untouched in a box and at least before 1930. Go to this thread and you’ll get a lot more info.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 08-11-2014 02:18 AM

Thanks for the replies. That is a great thread.

If anyone has any leads for a ready-to-use miter box please let me know.

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#4 posted 08-11-2014 12:17 PM

$400 is flat-out nuts, crazy-high. $100 is the upper range I’d pay, and only then if it’d be pristine.

Good luck on your search. I’d advise patience; you’ll find one in time that’ll be great. Craigslist is good, and prices there are negotiable.

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#5 posted 08-12-2014 03:33 AM

I have an old craftsman that need s a little work that you can have if you pay the shipping.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 08-12-2014 03:50 AM

Thank you so much Topamax! I believe I have found one that is refurbished and ready to go. I do very much appreciate your offer and hope it finds itself a good home.

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