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Forum topic by rwe2156 posted 07-24-2015 08:43 PM 819 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-24-2015 08:43 PM

Picked this up a couple years ago and thought I’d clean it up maybe sell it.

Its complete except for knob.
Patent date is “Jan 22 95

Before:

After soda blasting:

And polishing up the runners:

My question is it appears somebody painted the whole thing in either aluminum or silver paint. Even the handle was coated. So I know this is not original.

After blasting it, I noticed there appears to be some kind of coating on it. In some places it appears to be bare metal and others, like the textured backround is a silver looking “something”.

Does anyone know what the original metal treatment was?
I’m guessing it wasn’t chromed in 1895, right?
If I was to try to go as original as possible, what to do?

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!


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#1 posted 07-24-2015 08:47 PM

These planes were normally nickel plated, that is what you are probably seeing.

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#2 posted 07-25-2015 05:39 PM

you might want to try some paint remover in a small out of the way place to see what raises.

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#3 posted 07-25-2015 06:02 PM

Nickel is what it was originally, as RJ said, not chromed. Don’s suggestion is a good one.

EDIT: And the fence should have a rosewood piece on it, that may be missing along the knob (?) on the main body of the plane. Lots of accessories that came with the #45. Like, dozens of parts… Just a heads-up when talking ‘complete,’ that it would imply the envelope with spare nickers, the screwdriver, cam stop, etc. etc.

Cleanup looks good so far!

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#4 posted 07-30-2015 09:30 PM

I’m gonna leave the metal alone.

The fence and handle look to be original rosewood (after I got the paint off quite a surprise).

After getting a couple irons sharpened I think I’m gonna hold on to it just because its so old.

As a plow plane I’m not really that impressed I think its just the novelty of using a tool that may be 100 yrs old.

I’m also missing the short rods not gonna worry about them.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#5 posted 07-31-2015 02:22 PM


As a plow plane I m not really that impressed…

- rwe2156

I guess it’s not a surprise you’d say that, given your fondness for new, but I’m curious what plow you’re using that is impressive. I’ve not used any Record planes, for example, and have seen folks speak very highly of those. Then there are the other Stanley plow models (46, 238, 248A, 55, 50, etc.). Then there are countless woodies, too.

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#6 posted 08-01-2015 09:27 PM

What I meant was as a plane in general. I think its too fiddly, and because of its length and lightness a little unstable, and ergonomically a little awkward to use. Even with a razor sharp blade it was quite an effort to plow through some hardwood.

Sure, it plowed a groove alright and once you learn hand position to stabilize it, not too bad.

Now that I’ve got it cleaned up I’ll keep it, but mostly for the novelty.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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