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Forum topic by Bill posted 11-23-2016 01:34 PM 897 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-23-2016 01:34 PM

Evening all. I picked up this saw for a couple of bucks yesterday. Thought it was a large tenon saw. I was wrong. It’s got about a 30° fleam, ~5° rake, and 10tpi after cleaning a bit. At 25” long with a steel back, this thing is a beast. Took me a bit to figure out that it’s a miter saw without its box. No paint is left and only 1-1/2 nuts. The only marking on it is the “Warranted Superior” bolt. Any suggestions on what I should do with it? Should I retooth it for a ripping, as tenon saw? Or keep it as a freehanded miter saw? I’ll have to make a new handle and get new nuts either way. This woodjock needs saw restoration practice.

-- Jr. Jack of Trades

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#1 posted 11-23-2016 01:53 PM

I have a tenon saw that used to be a miter saw. You have to retooth it anyway so, if it’s too long to suit you, cut it shorter. Too deep a cut? Cut the width down before you retooth. Look at it as an oversized backsaw blank you can do with as you please ;-p

FWIW, I don’t use mine that often, but when you need a large back saw filed rip, it’s handy to have.

Another option is to leave it filed crosscut and make a wooden miter box for it.

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#2 posted 11-23-2016 02:58 PM

I’d de-rust the blade and strip and varnish the handle. I’d also carve the sharp corners off the handle to make it more hand-friendly. You may be able to find brass hex nuts at a hardware store that will fit those bolts. I would suggest leaving the blade as is, as far as size goes, and re-file the teeth (without changing the number of teeth per inch) to be either ripping or crosscut, according to your needs. If, later on, you decide you want a different shaped blade, you can change it then. Even though it did not start life as a great saw, by the time you’ve restored it you will really feel that you OWN it, and it will be a favorite tool for years to come, even if you get saws that are of higher original quality

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#3 posted 11-23-2016 03:57 PM

Any suggestions on what I should do with it? Should I retooth it for a ripping, as tenon saw? Or keep it as a freehanded miter saw?

- Caradawc

Find and buy a miter box in need of a saw? :-)

Sorry, couldn’t resist, but why not? I use my Stanley 150 for most quick miter cuts and like it. Even if I had room to leave a powered miter saw set up all the time, the 150 is much safer, especially for smaller pieces. I did take a 24in Warranted Superior miter saw and cut it down to 20in to use with the box and it’s a great combination. Next step is to make a new handle for the saw.

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#4 posted 11-23-2016 05:13 PM

Thanks for the replies y’all. As today is a slow day at work, I’ve done some digging. I believe this saw goes to a Craftsman miter box #881-36301. Seems there’s a few on ebay without saws, for a fairly reasonable price.
Think I might take up JayT’s suggestion and get a box for it. I’ve got enough space in my shop for a dedicated miter box space. Just have to clear the junk off….
JayT – I don’t care for the handle fit either. I can never find gloves that fit. Or totes, or plane handles, or the tight spaces around a car engine. :)

-- Jr. Jack of Trades

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#5 posted 11-23-2016 11:43 PM

Paul Sellers had a video or blog post about carving a blocky saw handle like that to look more like a properly shaped antique one. It’s work a try for practice. That Craftsman mitre box doesn’t look half bad, but the shipping on them can be $50 so I’d probably hold out for a local deal on a complete saw and box if you can. Personal preference but I like the older Stanley and Millers Falls mitre boxes better so I wouldn’t spend much to complete a Craftsman.

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#6 posted 11-24-2016 04:29 AM

Evening. So I poked Craigslist and found the same complete and in excellent condition miter box and saw for $10. It’s only about an hour drive away to boot. Told the wife we’re going to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Saturday. The saw is about a mile away from the stores.
So this’ll take me back to square one. I’ve got a spare miter saw…..

Think I’ll go with the idea to shorten it up a bit and retooth it as a tenon saw. That’ll be a fun project.

Thanks for all the input everyone.

-- Jr. Jack of Trades

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