I finally picked up a Stanley 246 miter box at a steal of a price. I have been looking for one of these for quite some time to use when I’m working strictly with hand tools or when I need something with extreme precision. The 246 is coveted by hand tool woodworkers because of it’s accuracy, durability, and smooth action. I am somewhat torn between “restoring” this tool or leaving as is and just tuning it and using it. I really like the patina it has accumulated over the years so for now I may just leave it.
Pro tip: If you are going to use any type of hand saw for woodworking, learn how to sharpen a hand saw. A sharp saw is a must for quality work and will make the task pleasurable rather than deplorable.
Everything on the miter box is beautiful and functional.
Quality parts come together to make a quality tool.
A view from the underside. I can barely wait to use this in the Lincoln Knobs Shop.
Stay tuned for updates on the miter box, putting it to use, and how to sharpen and set saw teeth.