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With a nod to the Epic Thread, there are hopefully enough hand-tool enthusiasts out there to address a LJ topic area that's lacking: the venerable mitre box. Stanley, Langdon, Goodell Mfg, Miller's Falls, etc. What you got? What you want? Questions? Dreams? Boxes and saws for them, post it all below!

REFERENCES THAT MAY BE USEFUL:
-http://tooltrip.com/tooltrip9/index.html
-https://sites.google.com/site/langdonmitreboxes/home/gallery/millers-falls/langdon/74
-For those of you who follow such things, please note that the Langdon Mitre Box Reference web site is migrating to Wordpress.com from Google Sites.

The URL of the new site is: https://langdonmitreboxes.wordpress.com

-And this post from Doc Bailey on Stanley 150 boxes.

Here's my go-to, a Stanley SW #346, Frame 3:

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How about yours? Love mitreboxes!

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You have a Stanley SW miter box. A very cool one I might add. Who would a thunk.

Seriously, I don't have a miter box but I have been told the red Millers Falls is the one to get - like the ome that Don and Dan have. I'd like to know why though.
 

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Smittey, while I certainly have respect for your post, After trimming many houses my miller fallls rig was finally stolen. That was thirty five years ago. I shortly therafter bought the latest rockwell mitre saw that hit the scene. Then about thirty years ago I bought a used 10 mikita chopsaw (still have it). All of my mitre boxes will have cords on them. enjoy JB
 

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JB- I have a cast iron 10" Craftsman chorded miter that does the framing cuts. Wouldn't do without it! But I also love working with hand power when the situation permits. Thanks for checking in!
 

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Anyone out there have a resource that explains the "Frame" numbers in the Stanley world of mitres? Has to do with the height of the paired rods, front and back, and as a result the depth of cut possible, but that's all I've discovered to this point…
 

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Kat, thanks and it's a blast to use. Not for everything, but it's truly an asset to the shop. Soetimes I see mitres for cheap, other times I'm amazed and their 'value' in the antique stores and flea mkts.
 

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Here's a slighter newer version of Smitty's rig-my 1955 Stanley 346
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The middle number in the Stanley numbering scheme for these boxes refers to the height of the backsaw (in inches).
The Langdon Acme Millers Falls is also a very nice box. I just sold a very nice example from the '30s. They don't go cheap.
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Doc, you've got the full compliment of rods underneath! Excellent, as I hope to find those parts someday… Thanks for the numbering insight as well, i sold an All-Steel that I hope will appear here in a pic someday. It was nice, just had too many…
 

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An awesome restore, Don. Anyone using one of these?



Wonder if the blade stays true or wants to skew of line in thicker stuff?

For storage, is open shelves the way? Draws? Or ? Don, where's yours live between uses?
 

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now ya done it … im gonna have to blow the dust of my old stanley miter box and post some pics tonight. Its been up on a shelf for about a year now …. thanks Smitty, now i gotta do some restoration to keep up with the Jones'.
 

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Unfortunately I'm still looking for a home spot. Right now it lives under my table saw, but thats not where its going to stay. If you look in the lower right hand corner of this photo you can see it.

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I have one very much like the setup Smitty posted. I bought it about fifteen years ago from my family's hardware store, like most of my first tools. Of course, I never use it any more. Maybe I should get it back out and take it for a spin…

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Dave- I really like this style, but if I was to buy another one, I'd look for a vintage one. It's like hand planes and chisels, using old ones just make you feel like a real woodworker!
 

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