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Stanley 45 Combo Plane Overhaul #2: General Cleanup

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Blog entry by HokieKen posted 01-24-2019 03:29 PM 792 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: A new pretty :-) Part 2 of Stanley 45 Combo Plane Overhaul series Part 3: Awwww, don't be blue. »

It was evident that the rust present on this plane was mostly just surface rust. And I didn’t really want to do a rust conversion because that would have left me with dull and mottled coloring. So I decided to skip any pre-soaking and went straight to work with a brass wheel in my bench grinder and a couple of wire wheels on my dremel.

I started with the big pieces:

Naturally, I disassembled the plane as far as I could. I’m not going to post all of my pics here but I did take plenty so I could make sure I got all the bits and pieces back in the proper spots and in the proper order. Once disassembled, I went to work with the wire wheel. It was a quick and easy cleanup since I didn’t care whether or not the nickel plating was preserved. I didn’t go out of my way to make sure it was all removed but it gave up pretty easily anyway :-)

Here we can see the difference before and after wire wheeling:

Sorry if those images make any of you purists nauseated ;-P But dang, I love seeing this thing shine :-)

The depth adjuster can’t be removed (easily at least) because the pin that acts as a key is pressed into the casting. So I left it in place and cleaned it and the surrounding areas up with a small wheel on my Dremel tool.

So, after a couple hours of brushing, I’m even more excited about this bad boy :-)

Next time I’ll see if things go as quickly and smoothly with all of the smaller bits and pieces. Thanks for dropping by!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!



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KelleyCrafts

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#1 posted 01-24-2019 03:36 PM

Have you decided on the bluing on this? Great work!

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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HokieKen

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#2 posted 01-24-2019 03:55 PM

Haven’t decided completely. I feel sure I’ll be blueing at least a portion of it. Can’t decide if I should just blue the depressed portions and leave the rest bare or just go ahead and blue the whole thing.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 01-24-2019 04:55 PM

looking gr8 :<))
blue it .... let puddles form where the may

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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theoldfart

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#4 posted 01-24-2019 05:04 PM

“Sorry if those images make any of you purists nauseated “

Ken unless it is a super rare tool who gives a s….... What matters is how it works. I just finished cleaning up a type 8, no shine but everything moves smoothly.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 01-24-2019 05:08 PM

I’m nauseated…
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Not.

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

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#6 posted 01-24-2019 05:12 PM

Don’t be silly, this is making the tool useful again and extending its life for another 50-100 years. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 01-24-2019 05:19 PM

Are these teasers for the Spring Swap? Because if they are I’m sure no one will be upset that they show a little more than the usual teasers. I know you didn’t officially sign up but I can make an exception and add your name to the list.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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HokieKen

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#8 posted 01-24-2019 06:23 PM

Thanks fellas :-) I was really kidding about the nauseated purists. If it does bother anyone, I’d suggest they just move a long ‘cause they’re liable to have seizures by the time I’m done :-)

Since I have you guys on the line… have any of you used gun blueing solution (or other blueing methods) on a plane? I’m just curious if I’m treading new ground. I did a quick google and didn’t see any examples last night.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#9 posted 01-24-2019 08:50 PM

Very nice, Ken. I want/ need something along these lines but I haven’t decided on combi yet. That does look like fun to play with. I love the castings.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#10 posted 01-24-2019 08:55 PM

So, I found another 45 overhaul where the guy customized it.

I’m a fan for the most part. The plane is beautiful! I love the wood selection and how he customized the fence and added the piece on the depth stop :-)

But what’s the deal with the white paint on the hardware? Yuck!

You would think he would have learned his lesson and never did that again… Nope.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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HokieKen

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#11 posted 01-24-2019 09:11 PM


Very nice, Ken. I want/ need something along these lines but I haven’t decided on combi yet. That does look like fun to play with. I love the castings.

- woodcox

Reach out to Mosquito WC. He had 2 others he wanted to unload and his pricing is good enough that you can try it out then if you don’t like it, recoup your investment easily. Plus you know it’s a solid user if it comes from Mos :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#12 posted 01-25-2019 01:13 PM

Kenny – I think I just might have to check in with Mos and see what he has. Maybe Dave P has a line on stuff like this as well. I’d like to do some restoration just because these are elegant and useful hand tools. A restored hand tool would also make a great swap item. Maybe it’s time to hit the junk stores around town and see what they have.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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HokieKen

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#13 posted 01-25-2019 01:41 PM

If you can score in your junk stores, good for you! Unfortunately, the junk stores around here have eBay prices :-( I’ve given up even trying anymore. I just shop eBay and save time and energy.

Are you interested in the combination plane specifically? If so, hit Mos up. He’s way better than eBay :-)

Restoring hand tools is a lot of fun for me. It’s even more fun when you take your time to make it pretty instead of just focusing on the functional side of it.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#14 posted 01-25-2019 09:34 PM

I don’t have anything in stock. When I wanted a combination plane, I spent a long time looking on eBay, then saw the veritas one live at Handworks 2017 and pre-ordered it.

But on 10 February, 2019, the MWTCA will be meeting in Medina, MN and I’ll be heading out there to look at “stuff and things.” If you have a request and a firm limit on price, let me know, and I can see what I can find. Or visit the meet nearest you…

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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