House for a Homeless Stanley

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Project by wb8nbs posted 01-19-2011 03:06 AM 2422 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I own a pair of Stanley 45 combination planes. Neither came with the original box (which was cheap anyway). So this project constructed a box from 3/8 White Oak to house one of the ‘45s.

This is the completed box.

More photos and description on Flickr:

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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#1 posted 01-19-2011 03:18 AM

Wow very nice boxes Love the finger joints well done. But it is true that every tool needs a proper home you have done that.

-- Wood never lies and is always faithful ! I wish people were like that!!!!

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#2 posted 01-19-2011 03:37 AM

Beautiful job! It looks much more “period appropriate” than does the cardboard box mine came in! Well done.

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#3 posted 01-19-2011 03:47 AM

Box joints in Oak.Outstanding job.

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#4 posted 01-19-2011 04:17 AM

That’s a beautiful box. I really like the way you did the lid.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#5 posted 01-19-2011 04:28 AM

very nice box, what did you use for a finnish? I found what you used for the finnish it really came out great, i’ve been looking for a good finnish to put on white oak for awhile now. THANKS! : )

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#6 posted 01-19-2011 04:46 AM

Stanley never had a better home. Good looking box.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#7 posted 01-19-2011 05:11 AM

Wonderful box, just love the box joints in oak!

-- Smitty

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#8 posted 01-19-2011 05:14 AM

Very nice. I’ve got one, too, and a box like that would be a great project and storage.

Thanks for posting. Very well done.

So many ideas… so little time…

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#9 posted 01-19-2011 05:59 AM

The finish is Watco natural over Minwax Golden Oak. Maybe four coats. Couple coats of paste wax after it sets up a few days. It creates a surface so smooth you have to feel it to believe it.

That latch on the lid was way more trouble that it was worth.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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#10 posted 01-19-2011 06:57 AM

I can feel the love on this one Wb, I have a box fettish so I was immedeately drawn to it. Very nice home for a great old plane like that one.

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.

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#11 posted 01-19-2011 02:49 PM

like the idea of make home for specielplanes
well done

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#12 posted 01-20-2011 01:45 PM

Beautiful box for a beautiful plane, it deserves it.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 06-22-2014 10:10 PM

nice i have 3 of them only one with a box and its on its last leg, i need to make a nice home for mine as well ,looks great!


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#14 posted 04-23-2016 10:34 PM

very nice, great inspiration! Bringing one back to life right now, next step the box !

-- Let's do the best we can !

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