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Forum topic by rustythebailiff posted 04-07-2019 01:13 AM 1095 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rustythebailiff

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04-07-2019 01:13 AM

I recently picked up and retsored a Stanley 358 miter box. It’s a beauty, but I’m having trouble tuning it to cut square vertically, and calibrate the pivot so the angle is dead on. Has anyone had experience with this, or have a manual for it.? Any help would be appreciated

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#1 posted 04-07-2019 02:47 AM

Stan Faullin at Tooltrip.com has a .pdf of the two page Stanley instructions leaflet for the mitre boxes. The second page shows how to adjust.

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#2 posted 04-08-2019 01:18 AM

Thanks for the reply, Blaster. I’ve seen that one, and although it seems pretty straight forward, I’m still having problems getting a plumb cut. I’ve set it square to the table, front and back, but it still doesn’t cut square. I guess I was wondering if anyone else experienced this, and had a solution. I also need to adjust the pivot so the saw is actually at the angle I want when it sets in the detents

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#3 posted 04-08-2019 02:49 AM

Involves 3 screws…

Loosen the center one a bit, then tighten one side or the other set screw, to plumb the guide, then tighten the center screw up to lock the setting… Set the saw into the front guide, but not the back guide…..set the guide for plumb, the set the back guide as needed…until the saw will slide into the back guide….

Which has the same set of screws.

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#4 posted 04-09-2019 11:36 AM

Thanks for the info, that’ll help for sure.

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#5 posted 01-25-2020 01:15 PM

Rusty, I know this is an older post, but just wondering if you were able to make the adjustments to get your box cutting vertical? I am restoring an older miter box.

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#6 posted 01-25-2020 02:47 PM

Woodster, I would like to see more of your restoration if you get time for some pictures. There is the “Mitre Box of your Dreams” thread where you can get a lot of useful information on the boxes if you need it. All the best.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." MIke in CO

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#7 posted 01-27-2020 01:16 AM

Hi Woodster, so far it seems to be working well. I have noticed it has a tendency to creep out of vertical square, but I just check it from time to time. I like the old style box, it allows me to cut small pieces, especially miter joints, without getting my fingers too close to spinning blades

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