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Forum topic by SWHoosier posted 12-01-2011 01:59 AM 1625 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SWHoosier

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12-01-2011 01:59 AM

For many years I have had two Stanley 45 planes in my shop. I never put them to use, because there always seemed to be a better method for my work. Recently I decided it may be time to learn to use them. After cleaning them and reading all the information I could find, I began my new adventure. Most things were common sense or there was details in the manuals. I installed a cutter in the plane and it seem to long. The cutter was at least a half inch below the “skate”. It was apparent I had more to learn.
Is there a secret to installing the cutting irons? I would appreciate any recommendation or assistance.
Thank You,
SWHoosier


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JohnnyB

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#1 posted 12-01-2011 06:50 AM

The cutters have a small notch that engages a pin on the depth adjustment screw. You should have quite a range of adjustment available. There should be two skates that you adjust toward the edges of the cutter. Do you have all the pieces of the plane? If you google “Stanley 45 instructions”, you will find factory instruction manuals that might help. It’s fun to play with these planes, but if you are in a hurry, get a router!

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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SWHoosier

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#2 posted 12-01-2011 03:42 PM

Thank you for the response. I have the instructions, but when the adjustment screw is in the highest “up” position the cutter protrudes at least a half inch below the skates. The length issue of the cutter is with both planes. I wonder if the cutters are made for another combination plane. I have a Siegley combination plane and the cutters with it do not have slots for adjustment. The Siegley cutters work fine.
Grayhawk

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 12-01-2011 06:57 PM

Can you post a picture of a ‘long iron’ in the plane for us to see? I’d love to have a look…

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

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#4 posted 12-01-2011 10:36 PM

I would be glad to post a picture…it may take some instructions, but I will take one this evening.
Grayhawk

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#5 posted 12-02-2011 04:05 AM

Thank you gentlemen for your help. I was told cutters should have a length of 3-3/4”. The shortest length of my cutters is 4-1/8”...some are longer. I am not sure if the cutters I have are for a 45 or another combination plane. However, I plan to cut down a couple of them in order to use the planes.
Thanks all,
SWHoosier

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