old stanley #5

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Blog entry by AaronK posted 1806 days ago 2664 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This blog entry is just a “proof in the pudding” post of encouragement for those starting woodworking and are looking for a way in to hand planing.

I got this old stanley #5 about 6 months ago and over the course of that time have learned about how to sharpen it, tune it, and use it. it’s my only other plane other than another old stanley block plane. Since i dont need to mill lumber from the rough, i set it first to take off several thousandths. i gradually got better at tuning it and most recently have been able to use it as a smoothing plane. check out these fine babies:


the point i want to make is, the plane bed isn’t terribly smooth (some old scratches), and its even very slightly bowed upwards near the mouth. but it works. it makes things square and smooth, and it works!

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#1 posted 1806 days ago

Lets see the plane

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#2 posted 1805 days ago

Please be careful the warning label has fade off these old plane…..Warning use of these tool can cause a serious addiction!!!!!!!!! LOL You have arrive in the skill of sharping congrats , also you will be able to hear the dinner bell, kids playing in the street, the sound of music in the shop, ect, ect, ect, Good luck on your new collection….Blkcherry

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#3 posted 1805 days ago

yeah, after using those two hand planes to dimension and finish all the work in my last project, i realized how great they were to work with.

yeah, i should show the plane in all its glory/misery! will try to get pics tomorrow.

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#4 posted 1805 days ago

pics! various ones showing scratching, pitting, chippings, a playful depth adjustment knob, and a non-flat sole.

still, the sides are 90ยบ to the sole (can be used for shooting), everything stays put once its fastened, and it makes 0.001” shavings.

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#5 posted 1734 days ago

That’s impressive man, I’m still trying to achieve results like that with my old #4…getting there.


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