A Stanley #45 resurrected.

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“What in the world was I thinkin”? My $7 #45 came, but man was it rusty. This will be the first restore I’ve done that required a massive amount of fire. Even after soaking some of the parts for 2 days in evapo-rust, it still took a hefty flame to convince them to come apart.

And me, trying to get it apart. Is it hot in here?

Only broke one bolt, and still managed to get the remnants of that out.

Next I soaked it in Evapo-Rust. I typically do not like soaking planes, but this was before I figured out it was not such a good idea. Also this was bad enough I couldn’t do much to make it worse!

But after soaking, wire wheeling, making a new cherry knob and tote, its back together.

Here is some additional help if you can save the handle.

I need to find a few extra bolts. I’ve got 2 complete sets of cutters, so I should be ready to rumble. I may also move the rosewood fence to my other #45 and add a cherry fence to this one.

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