Hand Tool Journey #27: Stanley SW #246 Miter Box Restoration #1.. What have we got here?

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 04-21-2014 03:47 PM 4155 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 26: Hand Tool Journey #25: Repairing my Stanley #19 Block Plane No.2.. Part 27 of Hand Tool Journey series Part 28: Stanley SW #246 Miter Box Restoration #2.. Tear Down.. »

Just received a Sweetheart era #246 Miter Box. It is in decent working order but really needs a good cleaning to get everything moving like it should again. My original plan was to clean and be done with it but… like usual I can’t just leave well enough alone.

Here is the state it arrived in..

Complete with the trip mechanism!

Saw is in great shape with no obvious signs of pitting.. only the tote needs help.

It also arrived with one of the 2 stop rods and both hold down clamps for the holding bars..

The plan is to bring it back to “near new” condition as best as possible and put it to work. This will include some fabricating of the missing hard to find parts but that will all get covered later.

Up next is tear down and get the parts into some evaporust and get this party started.

Thanks for reading and Stay Tuned!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 04-21-2014 04:13 PM

Eric, That 246 is an outstanding shape. And I’m sure you’ll get it to like new. Great score!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#2 posted 04-21-2014 04:34 PM

You’ll do it justice with your capabilities Eric, have fun my friend.

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#3 posted 04-21-2014 04:39 PM

Wonderful. Congrats man.

-- ~Tony

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#4 posted 04-21-2014 04:44 PM


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

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#5 posted 04-22-2014 01:20 AM

Eric that’s a looker with some outstanding rare hardware!! You’ve got me hankering band for a good box!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#6 posted 10-18-2015 01:46 AM

I’m really impressed at your thoroughness. Where do you find missing parts for a stanley boxes?

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#7 posted 10-18-2015 02:02 AM

I’m missing the front trip lever and trip clamp for a stanley 460. Any idea where I could find these? Do you if the 346 or 358 use the same sized parts?

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#8 posted 06-27-2019 04:02 PM

I am wondering if you can help me find the trip that is attached to the top of the saw, please.

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