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riverranger
I recently acquired this box that has a 28" saw with it. It has numbers on the top of the swivel base that at first threw me until I figured out that each number,(24,12,8,6,5,and 4) represents that fraction of 180 degrees. Does anyone else have a miter box like this and can tell me what model it is. There are no model number markings anywhere on the box.
Thanks,
RR
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TheOldFart
River, a lot of mitre boxes have that system. Post a few pics of the box itself and we can help you. BTW the numbers represent the number of sides to make a complete box/circle so 4 sided, 5 sided , 6 sided and so on.
I have a lot of mitre boxes but I'm not a collector [rolleyes]
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poa
Like Old Fart told you, a pic is like a thousand words. It impossible to help you without either a pic, or considerably more information. I will post pics of three different manufacturers, Stanley, Millers Falls, and Gooddell Pratt. Perhaps you will see one like yours.
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poa
Stanley Click image for larger version - Name: 20171126_130300.jpg, Views: 6, Size: 745.81 KB
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poa
Millers Falls Click image for larger version - Name: 20180315_160516.jpg, Views: 3, Size: 5.03 MB
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poa
Goodell Pratt Click image for larger version - Name: 20171128_161336.jpg, Views: 4, Size: 826.87 KB
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poa
However...I'm bettin' you have a Stanley, if the quadrant markings are what stood out to you. Probably a fairly early one, before they started putting metal model # tags on 'em.
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riverranger
Thanks to all who replied.
I forgot to mention it is a Stanley, I just don't know what model, not that it matters much. 
I can't do pictures, so I'll just enjoy it as is.
Thanks again.
RR
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poa
If your saw is a 5 x 28 , than your mitre box is either a 258 or a 358. The first number is the frame vintage, number two, or number three frame. The second number is plate height, under the spine, and the third number is plate length. For instance, I just finished the resto on a No. 360. So, it is a number 3 frame, for a 6" x 30" mitre box saw.
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riverranger
Thanks poa,

The saw measures 6" under the spine, and is 28" long. How do you tell what frame vintage it is?
The only markings are the patent dates: 1-12-04, 3-15-04, and 8-2-04.
Thanks for the info.
RR
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poa
Are you sure its 6" under the spine? What manufacturer's medallion is on the saw handle?

If it doesn't have a metal model no. plate, odds are its a number 2 frame.
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riverranger
Yes, 6" under the spine. It's a Henry Disston saw.
I'll assume it's a model 268 then. Is that correct?
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poa
No...not correct. It is probably a 360, if the guide castings are for a 6" saw. Stanley did not offer a mitre box with a 6" saw 28" in length. So, I suspect that you may have a Disston No. 4 back saw, rather than one of the Disstons that was atually designated as a "mitre box saw". Stanley did not make a No. 268. Here are the different guide casting lengths for a 4, 5, and 6 inch saw...4"=4-1/2", 5"= 5-5/8", 6"= 6-1/2". Click image for larger version - Name: 1523627218805605830642.jpg, Views: 4, Size: 4.16 MB
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poa
The thought just occurred to me that you may be measuring the saw plate at the toothline, rather than the full plate length, including the portion thats under the handle. Heres the Disstonian page on their back saws and mitre box saws.

http://www.disstonianinstitute.com/backsawpage.html
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riverranger
You are correct, my saw measures 30" if I measure clear to the part under the handle.
Thanks for all your help in determining the model of my saw.
RR
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