|Project by David LaBolle||posted 03-25-2011 08:31 AM||5158 views||4 times favorited||16 comments|
I bought an old Stanley #45 routing plane off of e-bay. It, and the box that it came in, are over 120 years old, dating from 1889. I didn’t want to stress the original box anymore, and didn’t especially like that I needed to disassemble the plane to fit it in its box. So I took an old board someone had given me and used it to make a bigger box that is able to hold the plane fully assembled. I put that Stanley 45 to use to cut the grooves for the box bottom and sliding lid. The only thing left to do now is to come up with some kind of cradle to stop the plane from sliding around when the box is moved.
The second picture shows the original box made of chestnut wood sitting behind the new box. The finish is tung oil. I rubbed the tung oil into the grain with my bare hand, then buffed off the excess with a soft cloth. I did this for about five coats then set the box in direct sunlight to speed up the curing of the tung oil finish.
-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for