Reshaping a Stanley Sweetheart #62 Tote

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Blog entry by Mauricio posted 11-04-2014 05:44 PM 2239 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The other day I was working from home, I was bummed out because I had been to busy to do much woodworking lately, so I said “Hey, standing desks are supposed to be good for your, and my “joinery bench” is about the right height, why not put my laptop on the bench?!”

If I cant woodwork, I can at least be around my tools. One thing leads to another and while on a conference call I get the bug in me to reshape this plane tote.

I’ve always disliked the shape of the tote, its not terrible but anytime you pick up a LN #62 it reminds you of how much better it could be.

First I check to see if the mounting rod has the same angel as my LN 164 which it does.

By placing the LN tote in front of the Stanley SW tote you can see where there is material to remove around the web of he thumb and the pinkie finger.

Based of of this LN reference I scratch a line around the parts I want to remove.

Following that I chop out most of the wast with a gouge.

Then some rasping. Once I had smooth curve I drew in some lay out lines, and did some more rasping, filing, and scraping (LV thin scrapers are great by the way).

I finished it off with some 3-2-1 but later added two coats of thinned out poly for more protection.

And voila! Much better!

Hope this serves as inspiration to others to give it a try, The tote now fits much better in my hand and the added forward slope is much easier on the wrist, especially on lower benches.

Thanks for looking,


-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Mark Kornell

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#1 posted 11-04-2014 05:54 PM

Nicely done. Making an already good tool even more usable.

(But someday, some collector is going to cry that the plane was seriously devalued because a previous owner had modified it :-)

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#2 posted 11-04-2014 05:54 PM

Nice work. When I tried one of the SW #62’s, I had a similar feeling. “It’s not bad, but doesn’t seem ‘right’”.

If I could pull that off on conference calls, I would work from home more often lol Seems like I have more time in meetings than working on my tasks!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#3 posted 11-04-2014 05:56 PM

Looks great, Maur.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#4 posted 11-04-2014 06:00 PM

Excellent! And this post is hereby nominated for the coveted Best Use of a Gouge on a Tuesday award. Good luck!

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

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#5 posted 11-04-2014 06:22 PM

Well done!!

-- ~Tony

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#6 posted 11-04-2014 06:45 PM

You’re a brave man to touch that expensive tool with a rasp!

Anyway, nice upgrade!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#7 posted 11-04-2014 07:05 PM

All in a good day of work Mauricio! Nice usage of your time buddy.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#8 posted 11-04-2014 07:38 PM

Mark, yeah, but there doesn’t seem to be much love out there for these planes so I don’t think I hurt the value much, might have even added to it.

Thanks Mos, yeah it just felt so clunky. I didn’t get it all done during the call but I put a nice dent in it.

Thanks Smitty, everybody needs a gouge, even if they don’t carve, they come in handy very often.

Thanks for the comments everyone!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Don W

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#9 posted 11-04-2014 08:39 PM

Nice work Maur. That’s multitasking at its best.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#10 posted 11-05-2014 01:12 AM

I don’t see a laptop on the desk/bench but I agree the tote looks better and thats what counts it’s all about feel .


-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 11-05-2014 02:11 PM

Pretty ballsy taking the rasp to an expensive hand tool…but the results were worth it!
Looks great, Mauricio.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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