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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