Hand Tool Journey #6: Stanley No. 62 Low Angle Jack

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Blog entry by Blake posted 11-17-2009 09:13 AM 13214 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Stanley No. 62 Low Angle Jack Plane

Some of the modern high end hand tool manufacturers have been marketing “low angle jack planes” for years now like it is something nobody has ever thought of before. I mean, I had never heard of a low angle jack before I started reading reviews on Lie Nielson and Veritas versions in Popular Woodworking Magazine.

Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane:

And of course we all know that Stanley, the most famous maker of quality hand tools has SERIOUSLY BLOWN IT in the last several decades by manufacturing nothing but crap and letting other companies pick up where they left off. It took them long enough to realize what they had missed out on, and in 2009 they finally released a line of hand planes to compete with Lie Nielson and Veritas (among others)... the nostalgically-named “Sweetheart” line.

2009 Stanley No. 62 “Sweetheart” Low Angle Jack Plane:

Well I found out about a great website called The Best Things from another LJ post (sorry, I forget who). When I was browsing this website I saw a beautiful vintage Stanley plane that I had never hear of before. The Stanley No. 62 Low Angle Jack Plane.

When I saw this picture I couldn’t help getting excited. What a cool plane. I mean, a low angle jack is just kind of a sexy (not to mention useful) addition to a collection of hand planes. And realizing that the original VINTAGE thing was out there, and that they were somewhat RARE… I just had to have one.

Here’s where working in a used tool store comes in handy… this came in to our shop the next day:

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Now I know it know it will be a lot of work… tons of rust and a broken tote… but I think this will be a FUN project.

Now if you don’t know about Patrick's Blood and Gore, its the best resource on the internet for information about Stanley planes. Anyway, according to Patrick, the Stanley No. 62 is ”one of Stanley’s better planes they ever decided to manufacture.

He also notes that ”the mouth often chips, especially in the area behind the cutter. You can flip over ten of these plane, and eight of them will be chipped, one will not be chipped but repaired, and the last perfect.

Well, besides the rust and cracked wood, this thing is COMPLETE and PERFECT. No chips or breaks (so I guess it’s number ten.)

I’ve always wanted to try one of those “electrolysis bath” things that I’ve seen other people do on the internet. I think this would be the perfect candidate. I will also need to make a new tote and knob. I’ll keep you posted on the process and I’m sure I’ll have questions along the way.

-- Happy woodworking!

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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 11-17-2009 09:45 AM

Hi Blake,

Congrats on the find. Have you heard of Evapo-Rust? It is unbelievable. You just dip your parts for a while in the solution and all of the rust disappears. You can find it in larger quantities at Fastenal stores and also some auto parts stores. Have fun on the restoration and please post pictures. John

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#2 posted 11-17-2009 11:52 AM

While just about all the vintage Stanley planes are highly sought after and collected, there are some that can cause a frenzy on eBay; this one, the bedrocks, and the real long ones—the bigger, the better!

I would love to get my hands on that old rusted 62. It’s a perfect resto candidate.

Your handle’s a twin crack, rather than careful glue-up (done that) probably better off to sabotage.

Blake, you furnished the “Before” pics now we look forward to the “After.”

After decades of an arsenal of sprays, steel wool, and pink jelly, the discovery of Evapo-Rust—as JO describes above—was a true blessing. It’s available at Harbor Freight; it’s the same everywhere: $19.95 a gallon, available in quarts.

Woodworker or not, E-R’s a staple everyone should have on hand at all times…
A dozen eggs, 5 lbs. of flour, a claw hammer, a bag of peat moss, and Miles’ “So What” on the turntable.


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#3 posted 11-17-2009 01:04 PM

That sure does look like a diamond in the rough. Good luck with your refurbishment project. By the way. I hope you didn’t have to spend too much to buy it.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#4 posted 11-17-2009 01:38 PM

Blake, this looks like a fun project. It is going to be interesting to follow the transformation on this plane.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 11-17-2009 01:39 PM

Great find.

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#6 posted 11-17-2009 05:09 PM

Jed and I just bought the low angle jack plane from Veritas and it is working very well. Good luck on the restoration. Oh, and thanks for the information on the rust removal. We could have used it on an old Fulton we restored.

-- -Willing to try

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#7 posted 11-17-2009 06:39 PM

Once cleaned and tuned it will prove itself a thing of beauty ESPECIALLY on end grain and wild grain. I’ve opted for another blade ground at a higher “included” angle of 55 degrees.

Bon voyage, mon ami!


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#8 posted 11-17-2009 06:48 PM

cool find and talk about timing! I too have a No 62 it was my G-Pa’s, but has a crack by the mouth. Here’s some pics:

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem!

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#9 posted 11-17-2009 09:10 PM

A thing of real beauty Blake; even in that state. Here’s to the first shaving..

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#10 posted 11-17-2009 09:25 PM

I am looking forward to seeing how this turns out. One thing I would consider is a replacement blade. Lie-Nielson has one for $45.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#11 posted 11-18-2009 04:50 AM

It should clean up nice with electrolysis. Mine did.

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#12 posted 11-18-2009 08:17 AM

When I was on the Lie-Nielsen site looking for the blade earlier, I noticed that they indicated that the 62 was their most versitile plane. I am sure this would hold true for the original Stanley version.

It sure is a pretty plane

Lie-Nielsen #62

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#13 posted 11-18-2009 07:40 PM

Great find! I am a bit jealous! I recently purchased the Lie-Nielsen low angle jack plane. If your find turns out as good as the Lie-Nielsen version, you will quickly be finding most of your other planes collecting dust!

-- James -

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#14 posted 06-04-2011 11:05 PM

I found one today blake. Hope it turns out as nice…..

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#15 posted 06-04-2011 11:14 PM

That’s YOURS? Add yourself to the people I hate;) Dream plane for me, Stanley only; LN boring. Veritas even more so. Insert flames below. You just got yourself something that I dream about nightly, and I’m a plane guy :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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