Vintage Tool Rehab Projects #31: Adding a Stanley #45 to the Till

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Blog entry by Brad posted 10-16-2015 08:18 PM 2312 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve always been fascinated by the Stanley #45 contraption—with all its knobs and screws and accessories. It was tailor-made for folks who love gear and accoutrements. And to justify its purchase, I reasoned that I would put it in my Dutch tool chest for when I travel. It was after all, billed as “45 Planes in One.”

An eBay foray delivered a Sweetheart model to my door for $158.35 shipped.

A bit rusty…
The initial inspection revealed a tinsy amount of rust…

Add to that some missing parts. I’m just OCD enough to have to replace them. An exercise that set me back an additional $57.68.

All cleaned up
A little wire brush here, a little sandpaper there and the surfaces were free of rust.

Taking the 45 for a test spin
After sharpening the 3/16” plow and dado cutter I tried my hand at making a groove.

Oh my. That was much more fun than I anticipated!

And now that my SW #45 is open for business, it’s time to put it…uh…let’s see. That drawer is full. So is that one. I have this plane body, fence, sliding section, two boxes of cutters and a whole bunch of accessories…and no place to put them.


Time to build a box.

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-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#1 posted 10-16-2015 09:15 PM

Nice restore Brad, pretty good find of a SW. Now all you need is the extra cutters. :-)

Edit: Oh and the hollow and round sets ( 4 of ‘em), and the nosing tool. It does lend itself to the slippery slope point of view.

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

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#2 posted 10-16-2015 09:19 PM

Looking good Brad. I’ve resisted the 45 so far, but I think I’m going to have to acquire one at some point. Hours of endless fun.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 10-17-2015 01:38 AM

Nice Cleanup!

-- Just making sawdust

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#4 posted 10-17-2015 08:01 PM

Brad, a fellow LJ here put this video out recently.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle"

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