Just some planes restored #18: A Stanley #45. Finding a home.

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Blog entry by Don W posted 11-23-2011 01:03 AM 7518 reads 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 17: Taber Plane Company–New Bedford Ma. Part 18 of Just some planes restored series Part 19: A Stanley #45 resurrected. »

After posting that I was looking for a Stanley #45 on LJ’s, a fellow member mentioned he had one, but it needed all the accessories. It wasn’t long after it showed up in the mail.

After a long time trying, I finally scored some additional cutters for the 45. I bid on a lot, and got beat a lot. But finally I prevailed and these showed up in the mail.

Next was the longer rods. I recently won a set and they should be on their way here, so it was time to figure out how to keep this stuff together. Time to make a box to keep it all in.

I decided to use some self-cut popular I already had. I wanted hand cut dovetails and a raised panel top. Here what I came up with.

I marked out the dovetails. I still haven’t made a dovetail template yet, so the marking was done with a sliding t bevel. A standard 14 degrees. It also gave me a chance to use my restored disston 70. and my marking guige I made several years ago. I’ve had a wing bolt on my list of things to pick up ever since I made it. I always forget!

Clean ‘em up with one of my restored chisels. I don’t know the make of this chisel. There is some really bad pitting in one spot, and that spot happens to be where the name is.

Mark the tails from the Pins. I know its better to use a marking knife, and I made a couple to use, but my eye sight isn’t what it used to be, so I keep the pencil sharp.

I also always mark the waste. There is nothing more annoying then cutting the wrong side of the line because you got confused what was waste and what was not. Yes…I get confused easily and often distracted (shiny objects do that) so, pencil it in.

Now break out the #3 to smooth up the sides before putting it together.

Glue it up.

I usually cut my raised panels on a shaper, but my shaper needs a little work, and I haven’t decided if I’m going to set it up in the new shop or just buy some raised panel bits for the router. So off to the table saw to create a raised panel for the top.

I decided to go with a butternut raised panel. First because I had a scrap piece almost the perfect size, and second, I love butternut. Almost the same deal with the skirt. I made them out of red oak because I had a few pieces just laying around.

Next the frame for the toip was cut with my new miter saw. This will be the first time actually using it for something real. I must say, I like it.

I wanted to darken and highlight this, but just a little, so I gave it a coat of BLO, then a coat of Walnut Danish oil. I’ll give it a few more coats of BLO.

I plan to make another small try for inside the box, but want to wait until the other set of rods gets here. I want to make sure there is room so I don’t have to remove them to put the plane in the box.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#1 posted 11-23-2011 01:30 AM

You made a really ncie job of that Don. Isn’t it great to use tools that you’ve brought back to life? Now you’ve got no excuse of loosing any of the bits. :o)

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#2 posted 11-23-2011 01:40 AM

Thanks Andy. I was thinking of listing all the tools that went into making this box. I’m pretty most of them were restores.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#3 posted 11-23-2011 01:45 AM

Serious Gallot Index on this one!! Great stuff, Don!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 11-23-2011 02:10 AM

Excellent job, Don! Ten times better than the original box that would have come with the plane. I hope you enjoy using it—I don’t break my 45 out enough, but it’s such a fun plane to use.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 11-23-2011 02:40 AM

Beautiful job Don, about the raise panel bits, why not get a raise panel plane???
Or even better with the load you got recently you can probably modified one
to raise panel.

-- "the future's uncertain and the end is always near" J. Morrison

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#6 posted 11-23-2011 02:43 AM

Great job and write up Don. Sounds like a good score and no doubt they have a great new home.

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#7 posted 11-23-2011 03:12 AM

Ahhh, a raise panel plane. Its been on my list for a while. I’ve also thought about making one, but I need to see one to be able to make it. I guess I still have some “power tool” guy in me as well, so my natural instinct was to go the way I know.

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#8 posted 11-23-2011 01:36 PM

Nice box, Don. I still have to get off my butt and make one for my 45.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#9 posted 11-23-2011 01:44 PM

Love it, Don! Mine’s sitting on a shelf like Tramp’s;) We’ve got to get busy.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 11-23-2011 05:05 PM

Relooking at this today, and really like the progress pics as they’re all good shots. Especially the #70 disston. Sweet saw, Don.

Funny thing about the #45s that are out there. If they’ve used at all, they’re typically incomplete / something is missing on them. Otherwise, they’re in the box, nearly pristine. Doesn’t seem to be a vast middle ground of these tools, ‘used but not abused, complete’ in the wild. I had to scrounge for long rods and only now do I have a user-made beading gauge on mine (if anyone has an extra ‘real one,’ let me know :-) )

EDIT: Oh, and I forget that mine didn’t come with the center fence. Found it, was needing the thumbscrews for it. Found those, still missing a nicker and screw for the center fence. The #45 is a hobby unto itself…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#11 posted 11-23-2011 05:13 PM

How did I miss this?

Great little build for your nice “new” tool.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#12 posted 11-23-2011 05:17 PM

i’m looking for recommendations for handle(s). What would you do? One one top, wooden on each end?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#13 posted 11-23-2011 05:27 PM

Nice Job, Looks good !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#14 posted 11-23-2011 05:34 PM

What would I do? Probably some kind of simple bail pull on either end, low profile so it can go deep into the shelf. A handle on top means is going into a deep drawer, and I’d have to then do a clasp of some sort. Shelf means side pulls.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#15 posted 11-23-2011 05:34 PM

ah, that is a sweet setup and a beautiful and funcional box for the plane- awesome!

I think 2 handles would look nicer on a box like this, but might be a functional overkill since the box is small and might be easier to carry single handedly so I would make the handles depending on your storage setup (if you need to stack something on top of this box – definitely no top handle etc…)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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