Millers Falls No. 1816 Mitre Box Rehab #2: Rebuilding the box

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-15-2021 02:28 AM 634 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The tear down Part 2 of Millers Falls No. 1816 Mitre Box Rehab series Part 3: Refresh the saw, call it done... »

laundry Detail last night….needed something to do while waiting on the washer and dryer to get done….hauled all the parts to the shop…whether to clean off rusty/dusty crud….or do a little woodworking…hmmm

Set up the drill press…size Forstner bit needed was 1-7/8”.....

Pine scrap so the Ash plank will set level…

I use the old deck as a pattern to lay out how and where to drill….combo square set to the depth needed..

Felt it was easier to drill BEFORE I ripped and cross cut that 1×6 plank to size…..laid out the location where to drill…took a few tried to get to the depth needed…

Then cross cut the excess on the end….and then rip for width.. One can use a handsaw for that….I used…

Checked the mitre gauge for square, first….then the rip fence set up to rip just the excess off…trying to leave the lines…check the new deck against the old deck..

That little recess is where the mitre box uprights will sit and turn…

A hair oversized….did not have the exact size bit…..close enough, will allow any adjustments to be made…
Traced across both decks…to line up 2 pilot holes….once the screws were all clean and shiny..

Cleaning parts….wire wheel on the old grinder, visegrips to hold parts…..still had one go and join the 82nd DIV (Airborne).....plate I am about to install, was a bit rusty….

Underneath that mess…there was a “Made in USA” and a scale to set the angles with…guess I can figure which side goes “up”...

Was using that fancy screwdriver….even with waxing the threads first…blade wanted to keep skipping out ( trying to stab me hand, it were)...

And THAT was the easy part….besides unloading the washer, and into the dryer…

To assemble the uprights, there are 2 small bolts..

To connect the 2 halves together….then a square nut is dropped down inside…and somehow I am to add that lobed wheel thingy, and the carriage bolt….while keeping the nut held in place…..well out of reach of my finger, BTW

There is a small tab that acts as a pointer, so you can read what degree you have set this to…
Ok..the back/fence…had it all cleaned of rust, bare metal has a coat of black paint added….went to drill the pilot holes with a large VIX bit…snapped the bit off IN the wood…grrr…somehow managed to remove that, and drive the screws for the fence..

We getting there…was getting tired of the screwdriver jumping around….we have ways..

brace is by Goodell Pratt Company, just down the road from Millers Falls, MA…...legs got installed…pilot hole drill is a #12 adjustable countersink bit….ran that in the “other” cordless drill…..The guide plate (with the logo) slips down into the uprights….and a pair of knurled bolts , with washers…is used to assemble….and also lock the guide to the height needed…

Sanded the new deck, rounded the corners a bit..and added a coat of Gunstock stain…

Dryer was done…time to stop for the evening….let the wiped down stain dry overnight..

That will just have to do…for now

Next up? Maybe a topcoat for the deck? That backsaw needs it’s teeth refreshed…maybe do a test drive, later?

Stay tuned…

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 11-15-2021 02:33 AM

Looking a lot better than it did yesterday, Bandit!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 11-15-2021 06:21 PM

Perfect, i thought you had already cut the piece to width, ripping after drilling was even better

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