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Forum topic by Dirge posted 07-10-2013 08:46 AM 707 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-10-2013 08:46 AM

I have a no. 5 Stanley( circa 1928) fitted with a vertically laminated (2 piece) tote. Is this uncommon or could this be an after market replacement? The lamination is unusual, in that, the joint is a wide box finger design.

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#1 posted 07-10-2013 11:32 AM

Definitely a replacement, most likely shop-made. The original tote for a Stanley of that time period would have been one piece of rosewood.

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#2 posted 07-10-2013 11:47 AM

I have seen laminated knobs, but never a laminated tote.

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#3 posted 07-10-2013 03:25 PM

Is the OP referring to the rear handle or the front knob?
Both exist, though the front knob is more commonly found than the rear handle—and both are seldom seen. It appears this was a short-lived experiment by Stanley to use every scrap of rosewood. Moreover, as per the OP’s post, all examples I’ve ever seen are sweetheart-era.

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#4 posted 07-10-2013 10:26 PM

Yes, both the tote and knob have the same type of lamination. Thank you all for your replies.

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#5 posted 07-10-2013 11:00 PM

Tote is the rear, knob is the front.
None laminated originally AFAIK.
Certainly nothing wrong with the after market/shop built unless ya just don’t want it, but I would prefer the original stuff. Just my anal retentive mind set.
Just a point of info….nomenclature is really important when you’re tryin’ to describe stuff.
That’s not a snotty comment by any means. The better you describe or identify issues, the better we can help. :)


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#6 posted 07-10-2013 11:24 PM


Welcome to lumber jocks, there is a wealth of useful information on this website.

Are you able to take a picture of your #5 & post it for us to see?

Bill in MI

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