5$ Garage Sale Treasure-A refurbished Miter Trimmer

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Blog entry by Greg posted 07-18-2017 09:54 PM 1255 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pretty stoked to run across a nice old miter trimmer that a guy was selling at a garage sell this past weekend. I asked him how much and he first said, ”$10” then changed his mind and said, “Give me 5$.” I said, “SOLD!”

I brought it home and piece of scrap cherry to try it out. I sliced off a 45° angle with an effortless slice and could not stop grinning at my luck. I have always wanted one but never could justify the price every time I create a so-so mitered joint on my Makita chop saw, I wish I had one of these. The steel blades with brazed carbide inserts were still quite sharp regardless of the rusty overall condition of the machine. It looked like the seller simply spray WD-40 on the whole machine and then set it out on his front lawn.

After a few hours on my wire wheel, and some sharpening of the blades, my new miter trimmer was looking pretty good. The wire carrying handle into my hand from the weight of the cast-iron, so I thought I would add something a little more comfortable a piece of scrap maple and scrap curly Claro Walnut seemed the right fit.

If anyone had any idea of the maker, I’d be all ears. I could find ZERO identifying marks on it.


-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#1 posted 07-18-2017 10:22 PM

$5 Wow! That is a great find. Restored it looks as good as new.

-- Woodify ~~

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#2 posted 07-18-2017 10:26 PM

Greg, you SUCK! I’m just jealous because I have always wanted one, just like you.

-- Art

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#3 posted 07-18-2017 11:25 PM

you lucky sob,i finally broke down and bought one from a company going out of business and lets say i paid quite a bit more even at fire sale price.there well worth the money though if you want perfect miters.i gotta start hitting up garage sales.enjoy your find buddy.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 08-01-2017 01:35 PM

I used one of these in my apprenticeship days in Australia, 1969 to be exact. Whilst manufacturing old style double hung wooden windows by hand, I used it to cut mitres on parting, glazing, stop beads and the like. Certainly remember it gave a beautiful sharp edge and finish – as long as you did not try to pare too much off in one cut. I recall once trying to cut too much off and getting the blade stuck in the timber – and it would not budge no matter how hard I hit that handle. Being a portable bit of kit, it was not fixed to the bench, so I asked my buddy to hold it down while I gave it a real good whack. I did, he yelled, looked at his nearly severed finger then fainted. Only because he had put his hand between the blade and the fence! Dumb and Dumber? He still has the scar and I still have the memory after all these years! Be careful guys, sharp blades cut cleanly.

-- Stand in the mess you made, smell the aroma of wood, nod and smile knowingly!

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