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WoodWorkJosh

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01-21-2016 03:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question plane trade plow combination stanley record

Hello everyone on lumberjocks. I’d like to plow simple grooves for drawer bottoms, but I don’t want to use an electric router. I like using hand tools. I have a Stanley 45, but for some reason it is not great for this task. I’d like to know if anyone would like to trade me for a record 43 plow plane or the like. Also any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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#1 posted 01-21-2016 03:54 PM

What’s the issue with the #45? It should be great at that task. I use my #45 all the time for similar stuff and love it.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#2 posted 01-21-2016 04:03 PM

Hey JatT. Whenever I try to plow grooves for some reason I can’t get it to keep a consistent groove. It’s kind of all over the place, I don’t know if it is user error or if I don’t have it set correctly, or a combination. I also have trouble getting it to go to depth and I can’t figure out why. The plane is in great shape, so I assume its probably user error, but I’ve used other plow planes and never had this issue.

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#3 posted 01-21-2016 04:46 PM

Hey guys thanks for the videos and suggestions. From those videos it looks exactly like what I’m doing. When I get off of work I will give it another try. Thanks a ton. I really like my 45, I just wish I could get it to work like a champ.

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#4 posted 01-21-2016 04:50 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Me2AEFmPpvw

utube link

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#5 posted 01-21-2016 04:59 PM

Lots of things might be going on to derail the cut, but the first things to ensure are a sharp iron and setting the iron to not take too much of a bite with each pass. There’s an on-line video of Roy Underhill using the #45 that was my eye-opener. Also, Mos here on LJs has a whole forum topic on the #45 and that includes videos as well. If you’ve got a ‘great shape’ #45, don’t give up! It’s got all kinds of potential for you.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#6 posted 01-21-2016 10:49 PM

Josh, my Stanley 45 is my go-to tool for grooves. When that baby is set up straight, it excels at making grooves. Like the others say, don’t give up on it. Find where the issue is and get that old girl working again. It will make grooves for you ‘til the cows come home. Good Luck.

-- Mike

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#7 posted 01-22-2016 12:52 AM

I put some time in today when I got off of work to really understand the 45. Turns out you guys were right. I had it setup just a hair wrong, but that seems to have solved it. Plowing grooves like a champ now. Thanks a ton for the wisdom.

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#8 posted 01-22-2016 02:41 AM

^ Huzzah! Good news!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#9 posted 01-22-2016 12:37 PM

I have the same problem and find its a matter of technique.

Keep pressure against the fence the make sure the plane is lined up before you start the stroke.

Don’t give up it took me a while to figure this out.

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WoodWorkJosh

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#10 posted 01-23-2016 08:44 PM

I’m so glad I listened to you guys about the Stanley 45. I’ve been working with it for the last few days, and I absolutely love it now. Technique, setup and a sharp iron, and it’s cutting perfectly. It’s one of my favorite planes now. I am able to do grooves, rebates, dados, moldings and much more. Love it. Thanks again.

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#11 posted 01-24-2016 12:37 AM

Hey, good to hear. Post a pic or two of the 45 in action; we love pictures!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#12 posted 01-25-2016 01:51 AM

Pics of a little scrap wood project using the Stanley 45

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#13 posted 01-25-2016 05:38 AM

Very nice!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#14 posted 01-26-2016 02:06 AM

I’m having trouble fitting the wider blades into my Stanley 45. They seem to thick or something. Has anyone had an issue like this. If so, how to solve it?

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#15 posted 01-26-2016 02:20 AM

Once the wing nut on the right side of the main body is loosened, push it towards the body of the plane, to open up the flattened cam on the ‘cutter’ side.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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