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Project by TheDane posted 1238 days ago 1849 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several months ago, I bought a vintage Stanley No 45 Combination Plane manufactured around WWI. I bought this plane to be a ‘user’, but it is in excellent condition and deserves to be taken care of. Unfortunately, it has been living in a cardboard USPS Priority Mail box, which isn’t exactly the best way to store a tool of this quality.

Last year, we gutted a ramshackle closet in our laundry room, and I salvaged a bunch of 3/4” low-grade pine some previous owner of our house had installed. This pine was junk … I just hate to haul anything to the landfill that might be useful. I planed it to 5/8” to get rid of the paint and trimmed it down to get a clean edge.

I used the salvaged pine to build five open-top storage boxes for the shop, then decided to build this box to house my Stanley No 45.

I don’t throw anything away … the stain is Danish Oil (Watco Golden Oak) that has been sitting on the shelf for about four years, the plywood top and bottom were scraps from another project, and the top-coat is some left-over water-based poly. The only out-of-pocket expense was the hardware, and that was under $10 at Menards.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"





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swirt

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#1 posted 1238 days ago

A nice home for a nice plane. Looks great.

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RGtools

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#2 posted 1238 days ago

Good salvage job.

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

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littlecope

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#3 posted 1238 days ago

Good Looking Work Box Gerry!! Sweet Plane too… It looks like it just came out of the box itself!! Amazing condition for a tool nearly 100 years old. You should have some good fun with that!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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steliart

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#4 posted 1237 days ago

nice box for a nice plane

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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BigTiny

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#5 posted 1237 days ago

It is only appropriate than an old plane be housed in a box made of old wood. Congrats on your thrift. It brings joy to the Scot in me.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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wb8nbs

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#6 posted 1237 days ago

Nice job. I have two of those planes (long story, don’t let my wife know). Have made one box already, need to make a second one this summer. It’s a lot of fun learning how to use the 45. Roy Underhill uses one in his show from time to time but only as a plow plane. Want to do reeding with mine.

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

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stefang

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#7 posted 1237 days ago

Nice work Gerry. A handsome box for a great tool. The hardware you used really compliments it nicely. I read a good article about setting up that type of plane by Mario Rodriquez in FWW mag. a few years ago. It seemed a little difficult to set up. What is your experience with it?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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TheDane

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#8 posted 1237 days ago

Mike—Thanks for mentioning that article … I’ll have to look it up. Another good source of info is at http://www.whitemountdesign.com/Stanley45Info.htm .

The No 45 can be a little tricky to set up … so far all I have done with it is grooves and rebates, but I intend to use it for beading as well.

I haven’t gone thru the type study on it yet, but this plane came with a set of 2 wooden boxes containing a total of 20 cutters. That would suggest it was made between 1896 and 1909. However the main body and sliding, adjustable skate have a stippled pattern, which would place it around WWI. It is possible the cutters actually belonged to one of the earlier models.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Dennisgrosen

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#9 posted 1237 days ago

great recycling and a well made home to a nice plane :-)

thankĀ“s for sharing Dane :-)

take care
Dennis

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 1237 days ago

Cool plane box… Cool dovetails… Cool hardware… Cool finish…

Hey guy, you did a COOL job on the project!

Good inspiration too… I have some hardware like that… that I took off some junk piece I found… I could put it to use on something like that…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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mafe

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#11 posted 1236 days ago

This we have to love!
A wonderful tool, care, recycle and you!
My eyes run, congratulations on the plane.
Best of my thoughts,
Mads

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

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mafe

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#12 posted 1236 days ago

Ohhh, yes and a wonderful job you did on that box, a perfect home for that plane.

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

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TheDane

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#13 posted 1236 days ago

Mads—Thank you for the kind words! I like to thin of myself as a conservationist or preservationist … my wife says I’m more like a pack rat!

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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mafe

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#14 posted 1236 days ago

Laugh

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

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#15 posted 1156 days ago

I have an old no. 45 that was handed down from my grandpa to my dad to me. One of the most treasured tools of my shop. I don’t know why, but a bead formed by one of these just looks better than one put on by a router. Great job on the box.

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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