Galoot Gloat: Craftsman Miter Saw

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Blog entry by swirt posted 03-25-2014 03:20 AM 3434 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks back I was in my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I saw a 24” long backsaw resting among the saws. I put it back…. I have a longer and older Disston. Then on another shelf I saw the Craftsman adjustable miter box. I knew just by looking that the saw was the mate to it. The saw had a price of $5.00 on it and the miter box sticker said $12. I smiled all the way to the counter, then all the way home.

Cleaning, sanding, priming, painting, scraping, flap sanding ensued.

Yes flap sanding.. I never used one for saw refurbishing before, but now I know it works very well at removing pitch and grime and rust from a saw plate.

Then came sanding, reshaping, sanding and finishing of the tote

And when the dust settled and the grime cover t-shirt was thrown out… I had a very useable miter box and saw.

My hunch is though that I will not use this saw (may sell it) and will instead use the longer older Disston with this miterbox.

Source and gory details: Craftsman Miter-box model 881-36301

-- Galootish log blog,

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#1 posted 03-25-2014 03:28 AM

Great Find!

-- Have a happy day!

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#2 posted 03-25-2014 04:06 AM

All right!
You have saved another one!
And it panted up very nice.
Great find at a even better price.
Carry on my friend.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#3 posted 03-25-2014 12:09 PM

Good price, great save.

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#4 posted 03-25-2014 12:50 PM

Thanks all. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 03-25-2014 01:21 PM

What a great find!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 03-25-2014 11:29 PM

A fine restore with a little help it looks. Teach em young.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 08-29-2014 09:06 AM

Great article about refurbishing the Craftsman Miter Station. I believe I have one of the stops you are missing. I was at a flea market recently and purchased a bag of tools, and something that looks like the picture you posted was included. If you can let me know where to send he stop, I will mail it out to you and hopefully it fits your station.

-- John, Yardley, Pennsylvania

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#8 posted 09-01-2014 02:09 AM

Thanks JMHJR. Will send you a PM through this site.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 09-09-2014 03:18 AM

A wonderful package arrived today from LumberJock JMHJR.
Thank you JMHJR that was incredibly kind and thoughtful of you. The stop fits like a charm and works beautifully.

And thanks for reaffirming that LumberJocks is home to some of the best people on the planet.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 09-10-2014 03:09 AM

The more I have used this new ‘stop’ the more I realize it is dual purpose clamp and stop (not simultaneously). The cam at the end makes it easy to clamp and hold the workpiece in place, even with odd contours like on molding.

I now understand why the pristine examples I have seen have two stops…. You don’t need a stop on both sides of the saw, BUT a clamp on both sides of the saw can be quite handy.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 09-10-2014 03:42 AM

I am glad it worked out. It is just a small appreciation for all the help you and the other LumberJocks provide us newbies. Thanks!!

-- John, Yardley, Pennsylvania

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