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Stanley #45 from 1889 gets a new box

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Project by David LaBolle posted 03-25-2011 08:31 AM 3439 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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Julio

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#1 posted 03-25-2011 08:42 AM

Beautyful box for a nice candy, keep your good work up

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 03-25-2011 11:47 AM

Very cool tool and box.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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canadianchips

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#3 posted 03-25-2011 01:40 PM

I like those older #45. Type 2 or 3 ? Jappaned and floral pattern on the side.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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RGtools

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#4 posted 03-25-2011 02:56 PM

Nice. I do like the box idea. Right now I am just getting a box for the blades done out of poplar. I will get it up this weekend.

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

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David LaBolle

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#5 posted 03-25-2011 03:01 PM

Yes. It’s the type 3. Japanned with the floral pattern on the side. Great looking tool, but it is finicky to adjust, and then is prone to slipping slowly out of adjustment when you are not looking.

If someone is looking for a user plane, I recommend one of later versions of the 45 that has the notch in the pins and a threaded depth adjuster for setting the blade.

-- 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

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David LaBolle

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#6 posted 03-25-2011 03:04 PM

The original blade box from the late 1800s that I have is just a board with a very deep groove cut down the middle of it (about four inches or so) for the blades to rest in. The left and right edge of that groove is plugged with a thin slice of wood.

-- 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

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thamar

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#7 posted 03-25-2011 04:20 PM

Mine came in a stinky old cardboard box. You just inspired me to “upgrade” it. Thanks.

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#8 posted 03-25-2011 04:23 PM

I officially like you. I just wish I could see your 45 better! It’s a lovely box for a lovely tool. I manufacture reasons to break out the 45 and with your collection of cutters, I bet you do too!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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GaryD

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#9 posted 03-25-2011 06:08 PM

Way cool. Nice box, and really nice plane. Good Score on ebay

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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steliart

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#10 posted 03-25-2011 06:43 PM

cool tools need cool storage box

-- 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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#11 posted 03-25-2011 08:16 PM

I’m sure that lovely old plane will sleep a lot better in its new “bed”, especially when you make the “mattress” frame to hold it snugly while it slumbers. Even better is the fact that it took part in building its own home. Excellent job.

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

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normt

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#12 posted 03-26-2011 04:40 AM

Kudos on building the beautiful new box. How about some sort of foam pad to stop the sliding? It’d help your centenarian to sleep much better when you turn out the lights too!

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RPersad

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#13 posted 03-26-2011 04:55 AM

I was supposed to build boxes for all my old planes for a long while now…this was the kick in the pants i needed to get started…thanx a lot and good job. I’m sure the plane is a lot happier now:)

-- Measure Twice Cut Once -- It's a lot easier to cut more off than it is to cut MORON.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 03-26-2011 08:49 PM

Nice box and plane – I have a SW vintage #45 that needs a home, too. Plan is to make a custom drawer in a to-be-built cabinet that’ll hold it under the bench. I really love the mitred dovetail joints – how hard is that to do? Haven’t tried…

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

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#15 posted 03-26-2011 09:12 PM

Great project, nice box, and really cool old router plane, must come in real handy. Looks like it sets up easy, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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