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steven newman

Refurbbing a GEM

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Had an old mitrebox, garage sale item.   It is a folding type from GEM.   You unfold it at the jobsite, screw it down or just a couple clamps.   Was starting to look a bit worn out.

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May have been used a bit too long?   Decided to replace the old sides with some new pine.  Took one of the old ones off as a pattern

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Pine was some 1x3 stuff.   Made a matched set.   Drilled the holes for screws to be used as mounting hardware, drilled for the brass rod that keeps the sides from folding up on the user ( need to make a new one), and rounded over one edge.   Router bit wasn't quite enough roundover, so, a block plane and a strip of sanding belt to get it better.   Needed some pilot holes on the end grain for the pivot screws, set the pair into the vise, marked the locations

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And I think I have just the right drill for the holes, and cordless one

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single speed stanley 602, I think...

Test fits showed one side was about spot one

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But the other was a hair too tight.   Block plane to adjust.   Folded it up to check things out

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Then added some of that SMELLY BLO to the new wood, and unfolded it to dry

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Adda backsaw

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and we are ready to go to work.    need to transfer the art work to the new wood, though.

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Haven't figured that out just yet.  Not a bad afternoon project?

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