Goodell-Pratt Miter Saw box and Disston Miter Saw: Refurb Blog

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Blog series by Holbs updated 04-04-2018 03:26 AM 4 parts 8498 reads 8 comments total

Part 1: Tearing down miter box

03-26-2018 05:16 AM by Holbs | 1 comment »

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 t...

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Part 2: Miter box base after electrolysis. Not too shabby

03-30-2018 05:42 AM by Holbs | 3 comments »

The heavily rusted base went sleeping with the fishes for 4 hours and a little dremel wire wheel work. I love having metal come back to life after 100 years. ——I am trying out 1/2” carbon graphite rods for anodes. I have tried 3/8” last year and they deteriorated way too fast for my liking. So trying out 1/2” and removing them from the solution when not in use to see if extended use out of them.

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Part 3: Box all cleaned up and put back together.

04-01-2018 03:34 AM by Holbs | 4 comments »

If anyone needs instructions on how to put this model miter saw box back together again, message me and I’ll help. I had to take this thing apart about 15-20 times as it’s a jigsaw to put back together. But it’s done. All evil rust removed via electrolysis, small dremel wire, and large wire brush. May keep it as is or paint it. Kinda like the “gun metal” look.Unsure if the height guide brackets are suppose to be used the way I am using them, but they work. ...

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Part 4: Saw plate cleaned up as far as I'll take it for "user" status

04-04-2018 03:26 AM by Holbs | 0 comments »

I spent a good 3 hours working this saw plate. After electrolysis and razor blades… I hit it with 320, 400, and 600 grit sandpaper by hand (going to have to research is there is a more efficient way…). I could go polishing wheel route, but this is a user saw. Now onto jointing and sharpening next.

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