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Forum topic by SMP posted 01-14-2020 03:24 PM 362 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SMP

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01-14-2020 03:24 PM

Hello all,

I am trying to simultaneously get all the hand tools I need while paring down the tools I have. Kind of following along with the Anarchists Tool Chest for anyone that has read that. I would like to just have the tools I need and get rid of any duplicates. In doing so I have contemplated getting a Stanley #45. Now the Schwarz says that his plow plane is a Stanley 45. My plow plane is an old wooden screw arm that works well. But reading about the Stanley 45 and seeing all the attachments reminds me of those old Ginsu Knives commercials, where they can cut pennies in half, change car tires etc but no one would actually use it for that. So was wondering for people that have a good selection of hand planes, and have actually used a 45 for different things, what do you think the 45 could replace? Obviously my old wooden plow plane would be good, but could it replace my Stanley 78? Could it negate my need for tongue and groove planes? I know the hollow and round attachments are more than a half set of hollows and rounds, but curious what else this plane is legitimately GOOD for. Thanks!


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CaptainKlutz

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#1 posted 01-14-2020 03:54 PM

Have you seen this thread where the Stanley 45 experts hang out?
https://www.lumberjocks.com/topics/43282

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#2 posted 01-14-2020 04:24 PM

In this episode of the Woodwright's shop, Roy found it does everything the wooden planes do and does it pretty well.

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SMP

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#3 posted 01-14-2020 05:27 PM



Have you seen this thread where the Stanley 45 experts hang out?
https://www.lumberjocks.com/topics/43282

- CaptainKlutz

I had seen that thread, but got scared off when I saw there was thousands of replies with links to hundreds of other threads with hundreds more replies.


In this episode of the Woodwright s shop, Roy found it does everything the wooden planes do and does it pretty well.

- Fred Hargis

Thanks! Nice quick video that shows it in action doing more than I realistically need it to do! thanks!

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Andre

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#4 posted 01-14-2020 06:26 PM

I just picked a #45 off E-Bay after getting some advice from the 45 forum and “Mos”, who by the way also has a great video! Make sure you get as many irons as you can cause they can get pricey.

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#5 posted 01-14-2020 06:57 PM

I use my 45 for grooves, dadoes, beading, and T&G. The 45 could certainly do rabbets, though I have a 78, so generally use that. H&R bases for a 45 are hard to find and generally priced accordingly.

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#6 posted 01-14-2020 09:11 PM

I use mine pretty much like JayT except I’ve never done any beading and I use mine for rabbets because I don’t have a 78. I actually posed the same question in the Stanley 45 thread when I was considering buying a 78 and was swayed by those guys. Absolutely no regrets. It’s a remarkably versatile tool for what it is.

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

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SMP

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#7 posted 01-14-2020 10:29 PM

Ok thanks for the feedback.

Realistically, on a regular basis, i would want it to:

1. Cut dados, 1/2, 3/4(mainly) and 7/8
2: tongue and groove 1/2 case backs
3: rabbet case backs for 1/2
4: plow 1/4 for drawer bottoms

But if it can bead 1/4 or 3/16 side beads then i could get rid of a couple moulders also.

I saw a set of 3 pairs hollow and rounds for it for $500! I can get a full set of even H&Rs for $365 lol

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#8 posted 01-14-2020 11:02 PM

The 45 can do all that, other than there was never a 7/8 cutter that I am aware of. I think they only went up to 3/4 wide. It wouldn’t be too hard to make one out of some O1 if you know anyone who can harden and temper the steel.

I saw a set of 3 pairs hollow and rounds for it for $500! I can get a full set of even H&Rs for $365 lol

- SMP

That’s not a horrible price, actually. If you want H&R for the 45, keep an eye out for ones by Record for their 405 combination plane. They fit the 45 and are not as pricey as the Stanley ones.

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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