Goodell-Pratt Miter Saw box and Disston Miter Saw: Refurb Blog #1: Tearing down miter box

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 03-26-2018 05:16 AM 2774 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Goodell-Pratt Miter Saw box and Disston Miter Saw: Refurb Blog series Part 2: Miter box base after electrolysis. Not too shabby »

I picked up a Goodell-Pratt Miter Saw box and Disston Miter saw locally for $10 in bad condition. Never having a manual miter saw, I was challenged to see what I can do to help this big guy out and to add another hand tool into my ever growing arsenal.
The Disston saw is 30” long and 5 7/8” tall (I forget the correct nomenclature) with a near faded etching.

The miter saw box the day I brought it home:

I spent a couple hours Saturday cleaning up the saw plate, being careful to avoid the etching and wanting to retain patina. After 240grit (undecided if to go 400 grit):

And now teardown of miter box. I really want to remove all parts, but found out the webbing for the table is fastened with drive screws, which are permnament. You have to drill them out. And, I’m unsure how they even got them installed because from what I’ve read, you have to hammer them in. The space between webbing is 2” or so. I do not see how hammers were involved. Also, the fulcrum “T” underneath part to rotate the saw guide assembly…same thing. I do not know how to remove it. Kinda also looks like a drive bolt.

Took pictures of every spring and screw and bolt I removed to make it easier for re-installation.
Next up…electrolysis bath.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 03-26-2018 12:37 PM

I’m looking forward to the restore. I have a couple of All Steels, they are my go-to boxes. I would be reluctant to disassemble the frame, getting it all back together and properly aligned would be difficult.

I’m guessing POA will opine act some point, he’s done more than a few of these.

Nice work

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

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