Plane Restorations #1: Stanley No. 45 Boxes Reproduction Graphics

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Blog entry by grfrazee posted 10-09-2012 01:57 AM 6429 reads 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I bought a No. 45, but the cutters did not come with the boxes that were included at the original purchase, all those decades ago. Not wanting to spend a large amount of money for real boxes, I’ve opted to make my own reproductions. However, I wanted them to be as close to the original versions as possible.

The astute reader will note that the No. 45 cutter boxes had graphics on them displaying the contents of each box. These tend to get destroyed over time and are very rare to be intact on a vintage box. Since I’m fairly well versed in Photoshop, I figured that I could make my own reproduction graphics if I had sufficient starting material.

I started this thread to see if any fellow LJs could post dimensions for the boxes as well as images of the graphics, if they were intact. I was lucky that Gshepherd was kind enough to take some high-res scans of his boxes and email them over, giving me a great starting point (thanks, Gshepherd!). And also thank you Mosquito for posting overall dimensions, though if anyone is willing to take detailed dimensions of each box, I would appreciate that as well.

Anyway, the repro graphics have been uploaded to my Picasa account so that everyone can download them and use them as you will. They are 500ppi in resolution, and formatted as 8×10 images to print off easily with Windows Picture and Fax Viewer or Windows Image Preview (or your favorite Mac/Linux equivalents). I included three choices of background colors to suit the individual – black, grey, and as close to the Stanley green as I could get with the images I could find. If anyone has a better idea what the color actually is, please shoot me a PM.

If you appreciate these, please consider that it took me about 8 hours total to reproduce the graphics. I ask nothing in return except your honest feedback. Also, I was only able to procure images for the Sweetheart versions of these boxes. If anyone has boxes from other vintages that they would like to see reproduced, send a good high-res scan/picture my way with label dimensions, and I’ll do my best to get it done.

To download the pictures, please click on them to be redirected to the Picasa link.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#1 posted 10-09-2012 02:39 AM

Again, great work. I’d take good pictures of mine, but they’re not in that great of shape…

I could take some better dimensions using my digital calipers, but they don’t quite go wide enough to get the full width. I can work on getting the rest, though.

One thing I found interesting, though, is that it looks like my boxes were made from a single piece for front, bottom, and back, with 2 pieces on the ends. It looks like a really deep groove cut into a solid piece.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#2 posted 10-09-2012 03:12 AM

Wow! Awesome! Thank you for posting!

I have two boxes of the #45 irons, but there’s no labels on them. There will be now! :-)

What a nice gesture to the LJ community you’ve made!

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#3 posted 10-09-2012 03:17 AM

Very cool of you.

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#4 posted 10-09-2012 03:34 PM

Nice work! Thanks for posting this.

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#5 posted 10-09-2012 09:28 PM

Thanks for the comments.

@Mosquito – if you were able to get those detailed measurements, that would be great.

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#6 posted 10-16-2012 03:17 PM

Very nice job reconstructing the graphics. I’ve done that once or twice and it’s not always easy!

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#7 posted 06-14-2014 02:43 PM

Great work, You don’t happen to have the 55 art work by any chance? Box art would be great too.

Thanks for your post,

-- Alan

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#8 posted 10-06-2015 05:43 PM

So what adhesive do you all use to affix the graphics to the wood box once you’ve printed them?

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#9 posted 10-07-2015 01:51 PM

I would use watered down white Elmer’s glue, like the kind kids use in art class for grammar school. If you don’t thin the glue out, it will wrinkle the paper. When gluing, get a nice, even coat on the entire piece of paper and use some books to keep it flat while the glue sets. Putting a piece of wax paper on top of the graphic is probably a good idea.

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#10 posted 11-25-2015 06:16 AM

searching for a knob that goes on the fence,rear of body depth stop,and front depth stop wing bolt( I think it’s a wing bolt).

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