Just some planes restored #19: A Stanley #45 resurrected.

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Blog entry by Don W posted 12-12-2012 09:52 PM 4167 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 18: A Stanley #45. Finding a home. Part 19 of Just some planes restored series Part 20: Bailey Tool Co. #17 Restoration »

“What in the world was I thinkin”? My $7 #45 came, but man was it rusty. This will be the first restore I’ve done that required a massive amount of fire. Even after soaking some of the parts for 2 days in evapo-rust, it still took a hefty flame to convince them to come apart.


And me, trying to get it apart. Is it hot in here?



Only broke one bolt, and still managed to get the remnants of that out.


But after soaking, wire wheeling, making a new cherry knob and tote, its back together. I haven’t tested yet, but I should be able to throw a blade in it and see how she rolls soon.


I need to find a few extra bolts. I’ve got 2 complete sets of cutters, so I should be ready to rumble. I may also move the rosewood fence to my other #45 and add a cherry fence to this one.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#1 posted 12-12-2012 09:56 PM


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

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#2 posted 12-12-2012 09:57 PM

That tote is AMAZING! The whole thing is, for that matter! Don Yoda, you are truly a Force in Place Restoration (if there any straggling doubt out there…) Congrats, and Well Done!

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

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#3 posted 12-12-2012 10:03 PM

Nicely done Master Don Yoda, padawan learner’s such as I are humbled by your skill.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 12-12-2012 10:04 PM

Well Don, I am not surprised at all…. I expected nothing less than perfection. Superb job. I do take my hat off to you guys who can take a old tool and make it look and work like new again. Well done Sir…

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#5 posted 12-12-2012 10:25 PM

Very Nice, Well worth the $7

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

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#6 posted 12-12-2012 10:29 PM

Nice, Don. How’d you attach the tote? Glue? Nails? Magic?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Don W

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#7 posted 12-12-2012 10:43 PM

Brandon, its epoxied on. Originally they pinned it, putting 2 pins, one drilled from one side but not all the way through and one from the other, and again not all the way through. I though about doing the same, but re-drilling through the metal so I wouldn’t have to worry about lining up the hidden holes, but I figured epoxy was easier and would hold better anyhow.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#8 posted 12-12-2012 10:58 PM

I don’t believe it is the same plane. Jus sayin’ :^)

-- I love Jeeps

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#9 posted 12-12-2012 11:18 PM

If it wasn’t Yoda, I wouldn’t believe it was the same plane, either.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#10 posted 12-13-2012 12:15 AM

Humble title for some extraordinary work Don. “Just some planes restored…” Please… :) I think it was probably easier to manufacture the bugger in the first place than to perform the incredible restoration you just did.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#11 posted 12-13-2012 01:40 AM

Bravo, there was never a doubt. : )

Well…maybe a little doubt.

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#12 posted 12-13-2012 01:50 AM

$7 is great, and it really helps that you enjoyed the final result. It looks marvelous.
Now . . . I’m curious as to how many hours the entire restoration took?

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Don W

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#13 posted 12-13-2012 01:59 AM

John, I would guess I’ve got 5 or 6 hours into it.

I also just spent almost $20 on the broke and missing screws. But a few of those are for the first 45.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#14 posted 12-13-2012 02:08 AM

Don if ever I get into metal planes. I hope to accomplish some of what you have done. This is a rescue. Well done.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#15 posted 12-13-2012 02:52 AM

Incredible Don, that plane looks amazing. The cherry really looks nice on it to.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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