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Hand Tool Journey #25: Repairing my Stanley #19 Block Plane No.1..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 232 days ago 1013 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This week I started restoring my what I thought was a Stanley #18 block plane that turned out to be a #19. That’s a good thing considering how hard to find they are and the fact I got this for under $20. Here is how it ended up..

The bad news is that while cleaning it up I needed to touch up the threads on the adjustable mouth. Luckily they are 1/4-20 so I got my tap out and started threading it in. I meat a bit of resistance and beyond my better judgement I decided to give it one more twist to see if it bottomed out or needed to cut new threads. Well it kept going right through the bottom of the plate!

So now I have an expensive plane with a hole in it.. piss.. what to do about this. I tried to find a replacement but this being a #19 the ones I found didn’t work. I pondered using JB Weld which would work fine but I have been warned that it can leave marks on your wood. That left clear epoxy. The only trouble with that is.. you could see the hole after the repair was finished.

So I continued scratching my brain for a solution when it hit me.. since it is 1/4-20 I could epoxy a 1/4-20 rod into the sole and after it all gets lapped flat should be just as strong and almost invisible to the surrounding area.

So here goes nothing..

I finished tapping the hole all the way through and inserted the filler screw and then assembled the plane to see how deep to thread it in.

Then I got out the epoxy

and marked a line on the screw.. added epoxy to it and re-threaded it back in. Again I re-assembled the plane to make sure it was where it should be then placed the plate in my “kiln” to cure overnight.

That is how it sits for now. Tomorrow I’ll cut it flush and start lapping the sole and fingers crossed this should work out.

Stay tuned for more!

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com



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docholladay

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#1 posted 232 days ago

That repair should work fine. One other idea would have been to weld the rod in, but that also runs the risk of over heating and warping the part. Your solution is probably the best one.

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Handtooler

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#2 posted 232 days ago

Great brain in yo head!. I’m quite sure it’s gonna work juss fine. What will you use for lapping media and a surface. Keep the blog going. I’m gonna learn sumpin from this on the first day of our new year. HAPPY NEW YEAR all!YEAR ALL

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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Don W

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#3 posted 231 days ago

Good recovery.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Airframer

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#4 posted 231 days ago

We shall see folks .. we shall see lol.

Handtooler – If I had a great brain in my head… this repair wouldn’t be necessary lol..

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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theoldfart

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#5 posted 231 days ago

Eric, remembre to cut and file the correct side, buddy! ( it’s the one with the screw :0))

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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Don W

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#6 posted 231 days ago

You could have soldered to. No need to wait for it to cure. Ive done that on a infill somebody drill wrong was I wasn’t looking.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Airframer

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#7 posted 231 days ago

Did you use regular plumbing solder and torch? I hadn’t even considered doing that!

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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Don W

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#8 posted 231 days ago

I have used regular plumbing solder and silver solder. For what you were doing regular solder would have worked.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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terryR

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#9 posted 231 days ago

Nice restore, Eric.

You lucky dog with a SW 19! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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AnthonyReed

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#10 posted 230 days ago

I bet breaking through the bottom of the plate elicited a string of profanity. Sorry it happened and glad to see you came up with a solid fix.

Thanks for sharing AF.

-- ~Tony

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