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poa

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Well...the Goodell Pratt No. 1625 is a done deal. The collector side of me is glad to have it, although I would rather that it woulda been acquired with the original paint, in aged condition. But, because of the rather crappy repaint someone did on it, a restoration was required. Also, the saw that came with it is a better match on my Langdon No. 15 1/2, so I am mating this unused Disston No. 4 to this box.

My impression of this mitre box, after tearing it down, cleaning it up, carefully examining its components? I'm not impressed. As a user, I am much happier with the small Langdons. The frame on this box is a very rough casting. I cleaned the frame all the way down to bare metal. Yet, after painting, it looks as though it was left dirty, then painted, because of the poor quality of the casting. Very rough, with lots of grinder marks where they cleaned up the casting flashes. As is usual for any mitre box made in the early half of 1900, most of the nickel plating is long gone. Originally, the guide posts, guides, gib, stops, stop washers, and stop screws were nickel plated. The gib is about the only part that has retained the majority of its plating. There is no provision for locking the swingarm between indent settings, although by very slightly shortening the forward spacer between the swingarm and the gib would allow you to tighten the spacer screw and pinch the gib into the quadrant, which would lock it on a setting between the indents. Basically, thats how the larger Goodell Pratt boxes operate.

This box just doesn't have the "Wow, cool, glad to have this!" kind of energy that the small Langdon's do. I'd sell this box. Can't say the same about the Langdons.

Frame length...12"
Table depth.... 3-1/4"
Fence height... 2-1/4"
Cut capacity @ 45°.... 3-1/4"
Cut capacity @ 90°.... 4-7/8"
Height from bench to table top...2-3/4"
Overall height....6-1/4" with guides set for a 2-1/2" plate

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Glen

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It still looks good in the pics!
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Don't get me wrong, Glenn. I'm pretty sure its damned close to how it looked new, with exception of the plating. Thats the point, even when like new, the lack of casting quality sets it apart from the Langdon's.
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nicely done.   What year did you estimate it?
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My gut tells me that its pre 1931, due to the lack of a brass tag. But thats based on conjecture, because who knows how long it took MF, after they bought GP, to start putting the model number tags on them?
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My gut tells me that its pre 1931, due to the lack of a brass tag. But thats based on conjecture, because who knows how long it took MF, after they bought GP, to start putting the model number tags on them?


I personally don't know that. I am sure it was done prior to 34/35, think it was probably done pretty quick like by 32, but I really don't have anything more than a hunch. I have zero hard evidence.
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 Still a pretty unit. These small boxes are just neat. 
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Agree. I have found that for some projects, my Langdon 74 is just overkill!
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