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Restoring a Stanley #45

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Blog entry by saddletramp posted 1093 days ago 3286 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little while back I ran accross a nearly complete #45 at a very good price so I snatched it.

These are the as found pics. Astually in pretty good shape.

After a bath in Evaporust.

Then some further cleaning and waxing and polishing. Here she sets in all her glory with all her parts.

And now to put her to work.

She seems to work pretty well. Not as hard to set up as I thought it would be.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ 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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Bertha

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#1 posted 1093 days ago

Love it! I’m jealous of your irons. I only have a few and I’ve resisted buying a whole new plane just to get irons. I love the 45.

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

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saddletramp

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#2 posted 1093 days ago

Yikes!! The transition from Photobucket to here chopped up all the photos.

Al, yup, I got really lucky when I bought this plane. I got the complete set of irons that came with it originally.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ 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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saddletramp

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#3 posted 1093 days ago

Downsized the photo on photobucket to try and get one viable pic of the whole plane. Hope this works.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ 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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#4 posted 1093 days ago

It did. Flickr seems to have better control of image size. Looks like a great plane. Any thougths to building a custom storage box for it?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Don W

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#5 posted 1092 days ago

I have a couple of large flee markets over the Next couple of weekends. A 45 is #1 on my “look for” list . You got a. Nice one. A #2 is #2. I put the 45 first because I actually have a chance to find one I can afford.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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kenn

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#6 posted 1092 days ago

It looks great and I am glad that it will be a user.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#7 posted 1092 days ago

Looking good!
What a wonderful find, and a exelent restore.
May it bring you hours of joy.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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saddletramp

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#8 posted 1090 days ago

Thanks guys for the kind words.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ 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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#9 posted 681 days ago

@Saddletramp – I was wondering if you could give me some pointers on cleaning up a 45. I am using a product called Moovit and some paper towel to do the job. I think I pretty much have the frame of the tool cleaned, but I am unsure of what to do about the wood. The knob I have off but the handle I can’t figure out to remove. So now all I need to (I think) is rinse the metal with water and apply some wax to it and the wooden piece of the frame and have no idea what to use on the knob or handle.

Any advice?

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Don W

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#10 posted 680 days ago

Wax will work just fine on the rosewood to.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#11 posted 680 days ago

Thanks Don.

Any particular kind of wax? I have a can of Bees wax for cutting boards and what not, can I use that?

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Don W

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#12 posted 680 days ago

Bees wax will work. You can mix a little turpentine with it to make it easier to work with if desired.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#13 posted 680 days ago

Awesome, thanks a lot.

Now all I need to is find a few more pieces for mine.

Thank you very much.

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