Of Tool Cabinets, Chewing Gum and Sealng Wax #11: A home for my Stanley 45 Irons

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Blog entry by Bill Berklich posted 03-11-2019 11:56 AM 644 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When we last saw our hero… (oops wrong story). Well still no substantive progress on the tool cabinet – waylaid by surgery/recovery and weather. Unheated garage is not conducive to cutting/fitting/gluing/finishing at 10F. I do need to get busy soon ‘cuz the house is going up for sale in a couple more weeks and packing has already started. But that is a another story.

I have managed a few smaller projects over the past month or so on warmer days and with the heater going and here is one. I have a Stanley 45 that I have brought back from the edge and it came with most of the cutters.

Long have I wanted to create a “safe space” for the irons. To that end I had acquired some Aspen and it’s been sitting around aging.

I got started and completed the project in a day including printing the labels. By the way, I owe quite a bit to the Stanley #45 - 7 forms of fun in 1! Forum, Plane Restorations #1: Stanley No. 45 Boxes Reproduction Graphics Blog, and several other LJ’er that have restored 45s.

Rough box dimensions were determined by laying out the irons with a playing card width between the measuring. And over to the RAS to make the sticks

Fine tuning the dimensions by laying out the irons

Then gluing

I cut the tops from the bottoms and then laid out and cut the “window”. A coat of wipe on poly then printed and glued the labels on.

These turned out better than I hope for. They look great and serve to protect the irons well.

I def owe those that preceded me in restoration a debt of gratitude. I would not have executed this project – small as it is – without them.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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