The Stanley #45 Touted by Stanley as “7 Planes in One” Beading and Center-beading Plow Dado Rabbet and Filletster Match Plane (Tongue and Groove) Sash Plane Slitting Plane What shall follow in subsequent entries will be information that I’ve been able to gather on these wonderful planes. I won’t claim to be an expert on the subject matter, but rather someone with a profound interest in the uses of a Stanley #45. I will use this first entry to...
A little while back I ran accross a nearly complete #45 at a very good price so I snatched it. These are the as found pics. Astually in pretty good shape. After a bath in Evaporust. Then some further cleaning and waxing and polishing. Here she sets in all her glory with all her parts. And now to put her to work. She seems to work pretty well. Not as hard to set up as I thought it would be.
Glad to have my workbench in a usable state, so I thought I’d make the first video for this blog series. In this blog entry, I will be using my Stanley #45 plane to cut a groove along the face of a board. For the purpose of this example I am using a scrap piece of pine. I am using a 1/2” cutter, and have the depth stop set up for 3/8”, as well as the fence 3/8” away from the edge of the cutter. I am using the second skate in addition to the main...
By Joshua Farnsworth (Writer at WoodAndShop.com) I shot the above detailed Video of master joiner Bill Anderson at Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Bill shows how to cut a half-lap dovetail joint that covers the bottom groove in dovetail boxes. This excellent joint not only looks amazing, but it hides your grooves! BTW, he used mahogany wood on this joint. View the original blog post here. Yes, this video is longer than my typical videos, but i...
By Joshua Farnsworth (Writer at WoodAndShop.com) I shot the above Video at Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School (original blog post is here). Bill Anderson shows how to properly use a Stanley 45 Combination Plane to cut a simple groove for use in a dovetail box or many other uses. Bill shows the basic parts of the combination plane and how to adjust them. You’ll learn how to hold the Stanley 45 combination plane to get a consistent groove, and how to avoid misshaped grooves...
I picked up two boxes of cutters for a Stanley 45. I have a couple of planes that I had picked up but needed cutters. The guy had 4 planes. One looked pretty early so I decided to buy it as well. Question to the experts. Is this a Type 2? Box with 21 cutters. I think this is a base set 1910 to 1920 based on number of items? Sweetheart box with 12 cutters (all present)
Using my Stanley #45 plane to cut tongue and groove. For the purpose of this example I am using a couple pieces of pine. I am using the 1/4” Tongue and Groove irons, and have the depth on the tongue iron set as deep as it can go. The Groove depth stop is set to match this depth once the tongue has been cut. The #45 is set up with the short rods as opposed to the long rods. There is nothing stopping a person from using the long rods, I just prefer to use the short ones when I ...
This could start as a tool gloat, and really should be, but will eventually become a project. Because I can’t seem to write briefly, succinctly, or other synonyms for short, I’ll just go with it. I’ve mentioned before that my father was the one who inspired me to woodworking. It was something he did to either save money, to make money with restored antiques, or to repair things around the house with a bit of flair thrown in for good measure. Over the years he collect...
Quite some time ago, fifteen years or better, I picked up a Stanley #45 Combination Plane. Back then I didn’t know anything about Combination planes. The only plane I owned at the time was a small block plane I bought from Sears in the late 70s. I don’t think I paid more than a couple of dollars for the #45, as it was completely seized up. I remember I could only get one of the many screws to turn at all. When I got it home I sprayed it down with wd-40, wrapped it in a towel an...
Tote removal on my Stanley #45.I scoured the interwebs and didn’t find anyone to point me in the right direction regarding removing the tote on my #45. My tote was in good condition but the plating on the frame is flaking off badly and rust has begun pitting the metal where the nickel has come off. I would not be happy with it in that condition and determined that sacrificing the tote, if it came to it, was a price I was reluctantly willing to pay.On the left side of my tote were two ex...
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