Stanley #801 Build #1: Inspiration and Research

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 01-25-2016 07:03 AM 1913 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Initial Motivation

I don’t remember being smitten with these house-shaped toolboxes at first sight, but over the years they’ve proven to be one of those things that got more detailed attention with every interwebz run-in (ebay and the OldTools list, mostly). An early pic of one I noticed:

Then one appeared on der Leachmeister’s List and I jumped in (top image below); a No. 888 was soon in my shop.

The Search

As is typical, my example was missing the inside (sliding) tool holder. That was an easy enough thing to make, but I lacked a clear idea as to general dimensions. A search of the OldTools Archive told me there were several iterations of the No. 888, but specifics were lacking. To the LJ Tool Boxes thread I went, and in short order catalog pictures were put up of not only the No. 888, but catalog pics of all four tool configurations of the 888 (A, B, C and D) as well as pics of Stanley’s other House Tool Box, the No. 801. The bug was fed.

After making a sliding holder for the No. 888,

I was dead set on a No. 801 reproduction / copy build. That’s all for now, thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 01-25-2016 04:15 PM

I understand the aesthetic appeal and imagine their utility matches in caliber. Your affinity for vintage and refurbishing has supplied me with tons of reading/viewing entertainment, thank you Smitty!

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 01-26-2016 02:42 AM

Have you ever considered that you were born a hundred years too late?

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#3 posted 01-26-2016 05:59 AM

Thanks for riding along, Tony!

T’sup, Yo? Born to late? No way!

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

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#4 posted 03-07-2018 04:43 PM


I would like to get a copy of the high resolution picture showing the Stanley No. 444 dovetail detail dimensions for various thicknesses of wood. You mentioned it in your Lumberjack’s 3-part discussion on the Stanley 444. If you could send it to [email protected] I would greatly appreciate it. I have recently acquired a Stanley 444 and I am trying to figure out how to set it up. I have seen various low resolution versions of the diagram online but none are readable.

-- davenj

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