Looking at the parts breakdown it is obviously installed upside down
So I thought, no big deal, I just have to punch out two pins and reversed it
The first thing I noticed was that the pins were in fact made of a finish nail, hum so that was obviously replaced, and would explained why it was installed incorrectly.
But when I tried to just flip it and re-installed in the proper orientation, I had a big surprise!, It will not fit with the holes made in this piece...!!!
Proper orientation, the holes are offset
As it was installed
As you can see, it has to go this way to catch the spring
Holding the pieces together you can see how the spring is suppose to catch on
There is no way the spring can stay on top of the lever when piece is reversed, but it is the only way it will fit since the holes are offset on one side.
What I find perplexing is that a close examination of the piece appears to shows it is genuine, it was obviously stamped from a sheet of metal, the twist is smooth and no sign of being homemade. Why on earth are the holes offset on the wrong side??? Was that box made on a Friday afternoon? :-)
I doubt it would have left the factory like that, so what gives??
What should have been an easy, quick repair job, is turning out to be a show stopper.
I am now on the look out for a suitable piece of metal, to make a new piece, and while I am metalworking, may as well make the missing catch also.
This simple job, just got relegated down the priority list, sigh.
Heres hoping that the Craftsman mitre box that I should see this weekend has no major issues, other than the saw is obviously inserted from the back in the sellers picture :-)
Bob, left scratching is head and swearing in both of Canada's official language