Actually, I already had a 45 but dropped it onto the concrete garage floor. In a fit of despair, I bid on this 45 on eBay and won. Meanwhile I was able to repair the cracked main stock on the first 45 so now I have two of them working. Neither came with an original box which was likely cardboard anyway. Hence this project. Guess I will have to build two of them.
The first photo shows
the plane side of the spine. The peg at
left hooks the front of the skate on the
45. The plane then is lowered till the
skate sits on the horizontal wooden
ledge. Three magnets grab the main stock
skate while the bottom of the wooden
fence sits on a thin strip of Oak
underneath the spine.
Finished Box Spine.
A Stanley 45 has sort of a turned up nose on the skates. That fits under the peg. The flat strip of Oak under the Rosewood fence is necessary and is cut away at the front because the front tip of the fence pivots down a bit while hooking the plane under the peg, and needs additional clearance there.
Hooking the Skate Under the Peg.
The main stock side of the oak spine has to be relieved to accommodate the slitter stop and the depth gauge and there was minor chiseling near the dowel to get everything to fit.
It was my goal to not
have to disturb the planes settings just
to put it away in the box. Usually that
succeeds, though the fence does have to
be close in and in the higher of it’s
Main Stock Side of the Spine.
This is the “new” Stanley 45 plane nestled in it’s docked position. It’s snug and the magnets hold it down pretty well.