If you're not already doing so, keep an eye out on your local Craigslist for compatible models. Mitre boxes, while plentiful, are not cheap to ship - but you can often snag a local one cheaply (especially when the saw is long gone) and get the rest of the pieces you need.
I recently (last year) bought an older (1965 or so) Craftsman Mitre Box that was made by Millers Fall. It came with the original saw that was in serious need of a sharpening. Later I bought a mitrebox saw an it turned out to be an original Langdon mitre saw made by Disston.
This replaced a Ryobi chop saw that wouldn't stay true, which replaced a wonderful Stanley that my sister told me she needed and sent her.
I use mine, an older and very heavy 10" Craftsman miter, when framing and that's about it. Sits low in a cabinet, collecting dust most of the time. First choice for cross cuts is RAS, then one of the mitres hanging around the shop depending on what I'm working with.
Mauricio, this bench build has convinced me of the value of a sliding miter saw or RAS. I think to get rid of it is conceptually a cool thing to do but, to me, stubbornly impractical. That being said, I still want a nice miter box in the future.
If someone lives near this little town where I live, there is a Craftsman Miter box, with TWO saws. One is the big LONG one, the other is a shorty. The box, and both saws @$10. Light gray with red trim, NOT a new one, either. About the only saws he has left, since i cleaned him out two weeks ago.
Agreed. Another thing that I decided while cutting those big pieces for the bench top is the dust control with the SCMS is just awful. I accept the fact that this is inherant to the miter saw, but the amout of dust just sucks. Nothing in my shop spews forth like that and the airborne dust gets on everything. I hate using mine for that reason.
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