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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 2414 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.

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

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

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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. - http://timetestedtools.com



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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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

HOLY CRAP!!!!

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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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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Richard

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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. - http://timetestedtools.com

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lysdexic

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

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

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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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.
awesome!

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

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David Craig

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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. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Dave

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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." http://chiselandforge.com

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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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