This plane has special memories for me
and it is one of the first planes I cased right after I
learned how to cut dovetails by hand.
I didn't have much choice of seasoned wood back then so an old
farmer gave me some willow oak boards that he had in the loft of
his barn and fashioned this box from them.
The box was made to hold the 45 with the long rods in it and to
store the cased cutters at one end.
The plane is held firmly in place with a bridle and rod ends are
inserted in holes in a bracket on the back wall of the box. This
has been very effective in keeping the plane fully restrained
inside the case.
The box lid has two panels held in rabbets by little moldings I
created with the first scratchstock I ever made. The case
measures 16 inches long, 10 3/4ths inches wide, and 7 3/4ths
This is a photo of the back of the 45 case I made. It is rather
eerie that I used the exact kind of hinges on this case as the
old craftsman used on his Stanley 55 case which I show below. I
made the 45 case in 1975 and did not see the 55 case until 2010.