Stanley 45 plane dating
The images that follow (in order) show a catalog cover, a Type 1 model, a close-up of the Type 1's fence, a Type 5 in its original rare green box, the commonly missing parts, the two style of cam rests, and an earlier wooden carrier for all the cutters.
It was inevitable that planes of this design and function would be introduced for several reasons: the wooden plane business was on its last leg, technological advances in casting and design accelerated, and the reduced space and weight (in total) of them over the wooden planes they replaced. I find them to be tempermental beasts, where it seems just as much time is spent setting them up as there is when using them (obviously this isn't the case when sticking 10's or 100's of feet of stuff).
This translated to having a different wooden plane for each application, and could get cumbersome for the cabinetmaker of the time.
The Stanley No.45 and No.55 combination planes were at the end of the evolutionary line of hand planes.
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My question is on dating and identification of the different #45’s.
This is Stanley's most famous and popular combination plane.
I ordered a book on planes, not sure which one, but there isn’t enough information on the #45. -- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant.Sharpen the beading and sash cutters on the flat surface only to maintain profile of cutter. to 5 (boxed) Special cutter set (23) .............0 to 0 (boxed) #5 nosing tool .......................... to 0 Complete set of hollows, rounds and nosing tool ......................0 to 0 (Prices for hollows and rounds include cutters) Special Notes on Stanley's No. 45 is the predecessor to one of the most ingenious planes ever designed, the No. Several English firms have manufactured a 45 style plane since Stanley discontinued production of it, but no modern version even comes close to the quality of Stanley's original.Read the instruction manual and practice using this plane until you master the functions, and start out on softwood before going to hardwood. 45 is the stepping stone to proficiency with the No. to 5 # 6 hollow & round .................. to 0 # 8 hollow & round .................. 45 Stanley applied at least twenty improvements and design changes to the No. Stanley 45 planes are in big demand by woodworkers today, and in this author's opinion, they are undervalued considering that reproduction models cost about twice the current price of a vintage, good user quality Stanley No 45.Hand plane technology progressed through the centuries with wooden planes making way for metal-bodied planes.Molding, grooving and dado planes, including plow, dado, beading, etc., have historically been dedicated wooden planes with the profile and pre-set offset from the edge of the board built-in.