My Millers Falls-Langdon Miter Box

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Blog series by Dave Rutan updated 01-18-2015 08:02 PM 3 parts 8200 reads 11 comments total

Part 1: Look Ma! No Motor!

01-16-2015 06:38 PM by Dave Rutan | 6 comments »

My pastor had this miter box in his garage. His father owned it originally. Since he has never used it, he offered it to me. Having had one of these on my mind for some time I immediately accepted sight unseen. (Well, truthfully, I knew where it was and sort of what condition the saw was in, but I did not know any of the particulars.) Today I was at the parsonage putting handles on the kitchen cabinets and I was able to take the saw home with me. All these pictures show th...

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Part 2: After a Good Look

01-17-2015 09:25 PM by Dave Rutan | 2 comments »

Finally got some time to go over the manual regarding this miter box and compare it to the actual piece. It looks to me like it’s complete and pretty much immediately usable once I sharpen the saw. I’m kind of torn whether to repaint it. Most of the gray paint is intact once I got through the dirt with a gentle brass brush. The chrome has flaked off a lot of those parts, but the whole piece is only suffering from light surface rust. I like the patina of used tools. We’...

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Part 3: After the Cleaning

01-18-2015 08:02 PM by Dave Rutan | 3 comments »

I’ve cleaned up the miter box with some oil and a brass brush. It’s in good shape to my judgement. I only disassembled the guides. The slides were only dirty, not rusty nor pitted. The springs are all working as well. I’m very happy. I did discover two things after removing the box from the board it was on and coating it liberally with linseed oil. The previous owner scribed his name onto the board, ‘Hugo Vogt’ which is my pastor’s father. Als...

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