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Stanley #45 from 1889 gets a new box

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Project by David LaBolle posted 1215 days ago 3271 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 Alonso Diaz

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#1 posted 1215 days ago

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

-- El hombre que amo la madera. http://aulaflamingo.wordpress.com/

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 1215 days ago

Very cool tool and box.

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

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canadianchips

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#3 posted 1215 days ago

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 1215 days ago

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 1215 days ago

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 1215 days ago

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 1215 days ago

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

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Bertha

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#8 posted 1215 days ago

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 1215 days ago

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 1215 days ago

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 1215 days ago

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 1214 days ago

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 1214 days ago

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 1213 days ago

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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itsmic

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#15 posted 1213 days ago

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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