Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Stanley No45 Router Plane Restoration Part 1

Stanley No45 Router Plane Restoration Part 1

Through a forum member selling an old Stanley No45 plane I became its next owner thanks to Sue who gave it to me as a Christmas present.
The plane came as these photos below show in an original box although the lid is not original .
These were Steve’s photos he post on the forum.
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My unpacking for inspection. Yes covered in grime, surface rust lid in place, original standard cutters and booklet.
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Noted: I noticed a few missing thumb screws, an additional hex bolt in place of another. No short bars and the emission of the latter addition of the Cam Rest a much sort after item. The cutters are in fine condition little surface rust and some still have an edge.
I didn’t photograph the total disassembly more a before and after soaking the metal parts in a vat of Vinegar over night or over a few days for stubborn dirt rust and grime.
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During removal of all and sundry from the main body was when I found the broken casting area for the lock screw for the depth guide. This doesn’t render the plane unusable though.
I have spoken to someone will to Braze weld a repair so I can then re-machine and cut  a new thread.
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The Rosewood Knob and handle both in good condition. I like the Tiger grain very much this was taken after a clean up and light sand.
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All the small bits, screws cutters etc soaked in white Vinegar  dipped in clean water to rinse then sprayed with WD40.  Scrubbed using a BBQ stainless steel scrubbing brush.
The Fence and out rigger skate both fitted into the vat. I was reluctant to soak the main body with the handle still attached. I brushed on Vinegar and used battery drill with a brass wire brush attached to clean it up. Again sprayed with WD40.
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Two packs of additional cutters were bought at Allora Swap Meet, these have also been cleaned up of surface rust. Some are double up of what I already have, further cleaning required.
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Just this morning on the woodworkforum a reply to my post on the restoration/call for help. Henry whom I know from Sydney scored some parts at Bathurst swap meet, I have bought these off him at cost plus postage.
They are in the mail thanks Henry.
Among the parts are two short rods which I didn’t have, the larger depth stop a spare skate with three thumb screws. Best of all the much wanted, sort after, prized, treasured Cam Rest.
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Well that is where I shall leave this for now. It has been packed away until I see the fellow about the weld repair. Also other projects can continue and we have a visitor arriving for a short stay.

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