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Misc. Shop Stuff #10: A Stanley #50 in the House!

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 10-24-2012 02:45 AM 3866 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Pulling an Iron Into Shape Part 10 of Misc. Shop Stuff series Part 11: New Connections with the Past »

Won a Stanley #50 on the ‘bay a few weeks ago. It had irons and a user-made box, but alas, a single rod. I sat the body of the plane in Evaporust and began a local search for a #50 rod.

A machine shop in my small town took the challenge, and tonight delivered (to my door, no less!) old and new!

So it’s in the box and complete!

Does it work? Cuts with an iron ‘out of the box’ show promise!

So an agile plough plane is in the house! Very cool when a plan (and plane) comes together!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive



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#1 posted 10-24-2012 02:53 AM

Smitty, you are on some kind of acquisition roll. Looks like fun.

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#2 posted 10-24-2012 03:04 AM

Good job Smitty.

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#3 posted 10-24-2012 03:04 AM

Looks great! Cant wait to see some grooves.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 10-24-2012 03:05 AM

nice! The machine shop really came through. Looks great!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#5 posted 10-24-2012 03:15 AM

Money shots added!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#6 posted 10-24-2012 04:23 AM

What I’d they say at the machine shop when you told them what you are looking for? Did they have a clue or did they figure you were some eccentric millionaire with a quirky hobby?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#7 posted 10-24-2012 04:36 AM

The machinist looked to be boring cylinders when I walked into the back machine room. I held up the rod and asked if he could duplicate it. He measured the threads with some kind of gauge, and said ‘that’s not a common threading.’ He checked the rod diameter and repeated his comment before adding, ‘Where’s this from?’ A pre-war Stanley #50 beading plane, I said. ‘Never heard of that before, but this is a nice rod. I can have you another in about three weeks if you’re not in a hurry, that way I can combine your rod stock with something else and save shipping.’ And the deal was done. They know my wife and me, and it was nice to support a local, small business. $20 was the price.

Oh, and it does have nickers!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#8 posted 10-24-2012 10:04 AM

Love nickers !
That’s a fine looking piece you’ve saved Smitty and gotta love the
machinists help (and price!)
Carry on…..

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#9 posted 10-24-2012 12:11 PM

Glen – I was very surprised at the amount of nickel plate on the tool, and that it cleaned up so well. Wish I had taken a ‘before’ pic so it could go on Don’s before and after thread…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#10 posted 10-24-2012 12:20 PM

that is a beautiful piece of work. thanks for sharing. it did clean up nice!

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#11 posted 10-24-2012 12:48 PM

Nice money shot! And thanks for the story, I never even thought of going to a machine shop to have something made, I’ll have to try that one day.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#12 posted 10-24-2012 01:26 PM

Nice story and awesome shots, Smitty! Congrats on the new family member…looks like a hard worker.

I noticed a local machine shop recently…gotta stop in to say hi. :)

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

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#13 posted 10-24-2012 02:03 PM

I have one what a fun tool. still working on getting mine back in user shape. mine didnt have cutters and depth stops.

-- Got Wood?

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#14 posted 10-24-2012 02:04 PM

“Not a collector though” :)

You made that really shiny …. times are a changin’ in Smitty’s shop?

Congrats on the new worker.

-- ~Tony

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#15 posted 10-24-2012 02:28 PM

RE: shiny, sometimes Lysdexic sneaks into my shop and imposes his shiny self on selected tools. I can’t help it…

Joe – I got lucky with this one for sure, having a full set of cutters (pre-1936) as well as the depth gauge and beading gauge. It’s an older model; no chip deflector or cutter adjustment lever, but that just makes the overall condition of this one all the more amazing. I’m thinking it didn’t get much use at all, but that ends now, as I’ll use it plenty. Why? Because I’m not a collector. lol

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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