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Bird Doo Head 02-10-2013 05:39 PM

Question About An Old Miter Box
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I wasn't sure if this question belonged in General Discussion or Tools. Looking at Tools, it seems to be about current tools. Please pardon my blunder if I chose wrong.

I have a really spiffy looking old miter box which has two adjustable 'wings' (for lack of a better term). I'm trying to figure out what they are for & which way the should face. When I got the box, they were facing out the back, but out the front seems to make more sense.

I looked all over on line & only saw vintage miter boxes with the spaces for the wings, but no wings, so I'm no further ahead.

If you don't mind looking at the photos & lending your expertise, I'd be grateful. Also, do any of you recognize the brand? There are no markings to be found.

Thanks Very Much!

joecaption 02-10-2013 05:57 PM

Looks like an old Stanley 360.

The brackets go on the front side to hold things like crown moulding in place.
Sure hope your not planing on doing much work with it.

beenthere 02-10-2013 06:42 PM

Moved to tools forum.

BigJim 02-10-2013 07:02 PM

They go in front and slide back into the indention when not in use. I really can't tell which brand it is. I started off on a Miller Falls and a Stanley and neither table looked like that, the posts do though.Those old saw were really accurate, I wish I still had my old ones. The ones I had would cut as far back as a 60. I hated the old saw back then but love them now.

Bird Doo Head 02-11-2013 05:34 AM

Thanks JoeCaption & BigJim for taking the time to research & reply!

I looked at the linked miter box. Pretty close, but the one I have doesn't have the semi circle with the degree markings.

I'm glad you explained the wings. I could not figure out how they possibly could be used. Now it's clear. Sometimes ye old skull is kinda thick!

Thanks for the mention of different brands, BigJim. I've spent hours searching through photos of miter boxes. Lots of "Almost" but no "Yep!" yet. However, it has been amazingly fun & educational to search. I like when the posting explains why certain features are included, or the history of the model.

So, as time permits, I'll keep on searching.

I think I'll begin careful clean up & perhaps a clue will surface. I'm not sure how I'll proceed, as I don't know if I want to strip it for re-paint. How much rust is under the dirt may dictate. I kind of like the Grandpa's Attic look. (But who knows the future. Some of the full-on restoration miter boxes are beautiful.) I'm also hoping to find some maker's logo on the backsaw when I clean that up.

Thanks Again Guys!
PS: The adjustement holds rock steady & sight lines are awesome. I wish my fancy electric one was that easy. The only downside is there is no way to lock the angle not in a pre-set detent. I suppose the wings JoeCaption explained will help with that problem by moving the work piece away from the fence.

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