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Some time ago a friend told me, while talking about routers, that he had a "hand router" but didn't know where it was in his basement...

I asked him if it looked like the starship Enterprise and he said "yes"...I figured it had to be a 45 or 55 or the like...

He finally found it and sent me a picture...I went over to his house and offered to clean it for him...I was also hoping he would just tell me to keep it...didn't happen...

I cleaned it with a plastic and brass brush with soapy water and dry...the bronzish finish looked a bit fragile.

Attached is the before, after and my first rabbet with a Stanley 55.

Now I have to return it...still hoping he says "keep it"...

The best part of cleaning it over the last few weeks is the reading it led me to...reviews, who hates it, who loves it, how to use it, videos on youtube, etc...

I had a lot of fun doing the research, taking it apart and putting it back together while cleaning it (didn't want to lose parts) and then finally using it for a simple rabbet. There are a boatload of cutters of different profiles...I've since tried a few... The hardest to use are the ogee cutters...they try to push the plane away from the wood...something to get used to I suppose. The manual is really good providing both instructions and "Theory of Operation" type of information of how the parts of the plane interact for the different cuts you might make with it, ie, flute vs profile, rabbet vs edge groove. You can see all the cutters in the last pic...

While this 55 is not really "living room shelf showoff $750 quality" it is definitely of high enough quality to use for many cuts...

...can ya tell I had fun with this...?
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I was also hoping he would just tell me to keep it...didn't happen...
nice work Nick...
so make this a non-issue w/ your friend...
kill him....

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Nice job Nick. I saw one once for $110 but I wasn't familiar enough with them to know if it was complete and I don't remember if there were any cutters. I saw another once for $250 that was in very good shape and had lots of cutters, some looked unused in the original boxes. But if you have a router and a good collection of bits then a 55 or 45 is mostly a collectible. Having said that I have a Stanley 71 router plane with a few different cutters that is in beautiful shape and I do find it handy at times.

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Oooo, if you had asked he might have given it to you. Should have asked before you cleaned it. Ask anyway, and if he doesn't give it to you, then listen to Stick.

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Thanks, Charles...if you want to read an "unbiased" view of the 55, CLICK HERE...

Yes...depending on the project "handy at times" can be a lifesaver...

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Thanks, Stick and Theo...but can you see me crawling down the sidewalk in my camo's...

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Theo...he knows I want it...told him I'd buy it when he's ready to sell... It's not a must but I would love to have it...if for no other reason but to share some small part of the history of woodworking with others when they see it in my shop...
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That's a heck of a tool. Nice job reworking it, and I bet it was fun testing it out. Of all woodworking, I enjoy using a hand plane best of all. Shiiiiish sound satisfies souls.
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Nice job Nick. I have a Record 405 which is similar, probably a step below the Stanley 55. I'm ashamed to admit I've used it maybe twice and only with the straight cutters. Those profiled ones are a pain to sharpen.
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