Mitre Box, a rehab story #4: Finally...done

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 08-07-2019 01:38 PM 275 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok..turned the frame over, cleaned out around where the King bolt’s threads come up through….and soaked those for a day….Knee rehab was rough…came home and took a nap…..
Next morning,,,tried again….hmmm,getting fed up….grabbed the hammer, and hit right on the head of that bolt, 6-8 times. Had to drive the tip of the BIG screwdriver into the slot, added a pair of visegrips to assist…Uuuuummpf

With a loud ” Creeack” bolt came loose….promptly taken out, wire wheeled clean and shiny, off to the parts tub…

Then a cycle of clean & paint began….



And, if there were spots that needed to remain shiny,,,

Like these rings, they were cleaned off. That “B” means this is the back of the box, that “3” means this is a #3 frame, was unable to see it, until the swingarm came off…

Areas like this were cleaned up, this is where it contacts the quadrant casting…which also has a number..

“478”? Dug out the set of Forstner bits, and tried a few, until they fit..

seems to fit. This is the old deck….needed it as a pattern, so the new deck will match…This hole is for the length stop disc. New deck was bandsawn to shape…edge was jointed to remove saw marks..

Curved areas were sanded smooth. Deck was a bevel at the back, for a tighter fit to the back of the frame..

No problem…Deck needed to be flat, though…so, same plane..

Millers Falls #11. Marked where the dados needed to be, tablesaw to cut. Hole took two drill bits, large one for the disc to fit flush with the deck. Second one a through hole to allow the thumbscrew to go through the deck..

Test fit. Those are some SMALL wood screws. Needed the “hole starter”....then, keeping things lined up, flip the frame over, and into the vise, without the deck moving….hole starter again….

Screws were a little bigger, still hard to start…Yankee to drive them down tight. Thought about “clocking” the slots, but, who is going to see that?
Since the frame is where I can install the swing arm back on…

Bolt rides inside a collar, collar was cleaned up, and driven home. Bolt was oiled up, and tightened down…

There is a keeper, to keep the arm from locking as you swing things around. Bolt is the second smallest one on this thing…check to make sure everything works…then flip the box over, and install the guides…

needed the saw to help align things…

Also found out that the little metal plate inside the rear guide is backwards…grrr…gave the deck 2 coats of stain, and then 2 coats of Amber Shellac…

made sure the dados work…and..

The length stop works. So, this is a Stanley #346….goes well with the Stanley #358…

Might need to build a bigger saw bench…someday? Saw was already cleaned up, and was already very SHARP…Mr. L. Millice keep things in good order..I think I will, too.
Thanks for following along!

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 08-07-2019 04:46 PM

Well done rehab. Thanks for taking the time to share the details!

-- socrbent Ohio

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#2 posted 08-07-2019 11:28 PM

great job bandit,nice to see people that appreciate the old tools and get them back to life.

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

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#3 posted 08-08-2019 01:47 AM

Wow. Very neat. I don’t think I would know where to start…but sure like to read about the many steps you took to get this back in working order. Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 08-08-2019 02:42 AM

Just a few notes:

That little metal plate? has been adjusted, to where it will latch and hold…
Depth stop under the spring, was set a little too high….adjusted that
Saw works best IF you wax the tooth line before doing a cut…
Mitre Box is now in it’s new home in my shop….replacing the Stanley #2246A..

other mitre saw is the Langdon 75….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#5 posted 08-15-2019 01:20 PM

Fantastic restoration Bandit. Very inspiring!

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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