|Forum topic by RichardDePetris||posted 08-20-2015 08:08 PM||776 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
08-20-2015 08:08 PM
This woodworking thing is taking a strange and frightening turn. I am now collecting hand planes. I have that terrifying thought of being like those orchid collectors who drained their life savings and remortgaged their homes to feed their habit. At first, I convinced myself to buy just a few cheapies necessary to get the job done, but now I find myself purchasing the sought after exotic ones. My most recent fix is a Stanley 45.
It has 1/4” blade and it operates well. It’s a bit rusty in several areas and the tote is cracked and loose. I’ve restored a cheapo Craftsman plane and even carved a tote for it and it wasn’t particularly difficult. I want to repair the tote by carving one out of wood. I have some short boards of pear, walnut, wenge and Sapelle woods. I also have some holly branches drying out, which might come in handy for inlay.
I have two questions. First, how do you remove the tote. I have been unable to find anyone who has documented how to remove it. Second, As you can see, the plane has lots of rust along with some loss of the nickel finish. How do I go about removing the rust and restoring the nickel? Removing the rust may also remove the nickel, which I don’t mind provided there is a way to put it back on.
Thanks for all the help.
BTW, my wife saw the 45 and I was expecting to spend a night at the dog house instead she said “Wow! It’s so pretty. Look at those gorgeous little flowers.” She didn’t even ask me what it costs. Now I know why Stanley put those flowery patterns on an otherwise manly product. Perhaps, the marketing department had them remove it on later models because it reminds their customers of….orchids! Gasp!