Stanley 45 Cutters Box

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Project by Brandon posted 10-31-2011 03:23 PM 4652 views 17 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently acquired some Stanley 45 plane cutters, but since they didn’t have the original box, I decided to make my own. RG, reminded me of his cutter box which was part of the inspiration for my version.

My design has two rows of cutters, with room for a few more in the future. It’s made out of walnut which I found in the scrap bin and resawn into three 1/4 pieces fitted with 1/8 dados to hold the blades. A simple latch keeps the lid closed. Finished with BLO. It’s a pretty basic one-day project. Now that I have a number of cutters for my Stanley 45, I look forward to making more use of the tool.

The last image shows my cleaned-up Stanley 45 plane. For more information on this style of plane see here.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#1 posted 10-31-2011 03:35 PM

Surprisingly simple, and I really like it!

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#2 posted 10-31-2011 03:39 PM

Too cool!! I might have to do something like that for mine.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#3 posted 10-31-2011 03:41 PM

Verry nice !.. A touch beyond what Stanley offered and a double decker as well..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#4 posted 10-31-2011 04:13 PM

Nice job Brandon. Plane and box both look pretty sweet. Well done.

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#5 posted 10-31-2011 04:43 PM

Very Cool !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#6 posted 10-31-2011 04:45 PM

Wow, that is really nice Brandon.
That stepped shelf case came out cool!
Nice work.
I have to favorite this project, because I have similar sized items that would benefit from a case like this.
I hope it comes out half as nice as yours.
(That Stanley 45 is very nice too!)

-- Eric, central Florida

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#7 posted 10-31-2011 04:45 PM

Brandon—Very nice! I need to build one of these for my No 45 cutters. I have the original boxes they came in, but they are in marginal condition.


-- 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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#8 posted 10-31-2011 04:48 PM

Thank you for the comments, everyone! I thought about recreating an original style box and printing out a reproduction label, but I just had this piece of walnut staring at me and I knew what needed to be done. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 10-31-2011 04:58 PM

Actually, I think yours is a little more practical than the original boxes.

My plane came with 2 sets of cutters in 2 separate boxes … I assume they sized the boxes to fit in a pocket or something. I built a case for mine …
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... you can see the original cutter boxes in the second photo (held together with a rubber band).


-- 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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#10 posted 10-31-2011 05:33 PM

Gerry, that 45 box is really nice. It will have to be one of my next projects for sure!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#11 posted 10-31-2011 06:39 PM

Thats a awfully nice box for the irons.
Best thoughts,

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

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#12 posted 10-31-2011 08:18 PM

That was a few hours of quality time.

I love the direction you took. I wrroy about wood movement messing up the magnetic catch on mine, yours is much more sturdy. I have not had problems but I am terrified of dropping the box and watching my irons fly everywhere.

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

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#13 posted 11-01-2011 01:52 AM

very nice

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#14 posted 11-01-2011 03:20 AM

Very nice tool box you have there. You did a great job on the plain restore as well. Well Done!

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

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#15 posted 11-10-2011 12:41 AM

Great job! Love the simplicity.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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