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Roughly six months back I purchased a Stanley Mitre Box off eBay (buying these on eBay is a bit of a gamble, but it had basically all the parts and was the size box I wanted, so I took a shot).  I didn’t get around to restoring it until recently, but now it’s up and running and I couldn’t be happier with it.  In any event, I’ll let the pictures do the bulk of the talking… enjoy.


The mitre box as it arrived in the mail.


Some surface rust…


…and more rust…

…and still more rust.




After disassembling the entire box, every piece of metal was submerged in Evapo-Rust for 24 hours.  This stuff works better than any other rust remover I’ve tried.  You can read more about it here.   The wooden deck was also replaced with some quartersawn Sapele I had left over from another project.  The Beech handle was stripped down and refinished with Watco oil.


Restored mitre box.


The 358 model number refers to the box being a Type 3 and the saw blade dimensions of 5″ tall and 8″ (+20″) long.

New Sapele deck.

Box is anchored to an oak base with stainless hardware, capped with acorn nuts.


Pointed screws can be threaded through the back to bite into the work piece and prevent it from slipping during angled cuts.

Adjustable Stop bars for making cuts at a repeated length.


The rails that hold the saw square to the deck are mounted on this bevelled block. There is a pointed screw on either end of the block which drive against the bevel. By tightening one screw more or less than the other results in tilting the saw, allowing for fine adjustments when tuning the box to cut squarely.

The face of the arc at the front of the box shows the angle of the cut in degrees. The detents, however, correlate to the numbers shown on the top of the arc. These numbers tell the user how many sides of a polygon will be formed by cutting at that position. For example, cutting with the saw at the detent labelled “12” would require 12 equal length boards cut at that position to result in a 12-sided polygon. For a 45 degree cut, set the saw to the detent labelled “4” as a 4-sided polygon requires 45 degree miters.

Handle hardware

The final result. A perfectly split pen line, square, clean, and accurate.

…square in both directions.


Thanks for reading and have a great day.