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Handplane Restoration #28: New Restoration Candidate - Stanley #62 part 1

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 1145 days ago 2659 reads 2 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 27: Struck out at the flea market Part 28 of Handplane Restoration series Part 29: Stanley #62 Part 2 - Inspection »

Time to get this blog active again. I had been overrun with work for a long time and not doing much of anything in the shop for quite a while. That is not a good pattern for one’s work-life balance. In Feburary, I fell while on a business trip and this has temporarily left me without the use of my right leg. I have had lots of time to reflect and to renew my commitment to getting working in the shop again. Although, it is probably going to be another month or more before I am able to get out there, clean it up and get working. Currently my shop looks like a nuclear bomb went off in there.

I won this plane on ebay over the weekend. I have been looking for a Stanley 62 for quite a while and was excited to see this one come available as a buy it now plane. I checked it over several times and then went for it.

The Stanley 62 is a low angle jack plane with a bed angle of 12 degrees. The plane is designed for plaining difficult grain and across the grain. It is also a good plane for use with a shooting board. My intent is to put this plane into use my shop, although this does raise an ethical delema. I have to keep telling myself that I am not a collector over and over because I currently own the Lie-Nielsen (LN) version of this plane. I figured when I bought it that I was going the cheaper route buying the LN. LOL, I was probably right.

The plane is currently in the mail, but looking at the photos it has 3 condition issues that need to be over come. (The photos are from the original listing.) The first issue is that it has a cracked front knob. This can be directly attributed to the second issue where the brass adjustment lever is missing from the front of the plane. The 3rd issue is the blade. The blade has been over sharpened, to do this a previous owner ground out the slot in the blade, allowing the blade to be sharpened further down. It is clear from this that the plane was used a lot during it’s long life. Hopefully I will not discover any additional issues when I recieve and dissassemble the plane.

Side views

Top view

Sole

Workings of the plane

Front view

The most difficult issue to over come will be the missing adjustment lever. I have searched the various part dealers and have not seen anything. I will keep my eyes open for a busted up 62 parts plane as well. When the plane arrives I was also going to check to see if the LN’s adjuster will fit. If so I will call LN to see if they will sell me one. In the interem I plan to install a washer in place of the adjustment knob to prevent the over tightening that had cracked the knob in the first place. If anyone has a lead for this part it would be greatly appreciated.

The knob should be a straight forward repair. If it is glued solid, I will probably leave as is. Otherwise, I will reglue. I have seen an original replacement knob for sale for about $90. However, I would turn my own before spending that kind of money on one.

For the blade, Stanley, IBC and LN all make replacement blades. The Stanley sweetheart replacement blade is the cheapest, but I am not sure if it will fit the original #62 or not. Woodcraft currently has the #62 IBC blades on Sale for $41. LN has their replacement blade for $45. I think I am more inclined to go with the LN blade and plan to order from Craftsman Studio later tonight.

That about wraps it for tonight. Next post will be when I recieve the plane and have a chance to tear it apart and get some photos taken.

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



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Don W

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#1 posted 1145 days ago

Nice plane wayne. I’m not sure of the “collector” hang up. It’s not like buying an unused plane and using it. I will “collect” rare planes and tools if the opportunity arises, and would only do restorations that would increase the value. Enjoy the purchase.

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

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WayneC

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#2 posted 1145 days ago

I agree Don. I will only schallac the body of the plane and wax the parts. No stripping, repainting or other stuff on this guy. Over time I will try to find an original blade and adjuster in good condition.

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

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bigike

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#3 posted 1145 days ago

wow that doesn’t look like it needs any work at all! Nice find though. How much if you don’t mind me askin?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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Chelios

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#4 posted 1145 days ago

Nice score! – What a good looking plane. It was probably expensive but surely worth it. I am sure you will put it to good use.

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WayneC

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#5 posted 1145 days ago

I don’t mind Ike. It was $165 plus shipping.

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

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venicewoodworker

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#6 posted 1145 days ago

Dude….....You are a collector also. Tomorrow, when you look at yourself in the mirror, say this phrase….”I am both a user AND collector….there is nothing wrong with that. May the good lord give me the guidance to know when to collect. The knowledge on what to use and the common sense to know the difference between the tools.”

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mafe

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#7 posted 1144 days ago

Hi Wayne,
Congratulations!!!
It looks like a beauty, a real beauty.
(You know I think this is probaly the most beautiful hand plane ever made).
I think also you should restore it as little as possible, it is in a super shape, just as we want a old plane to look.
I can provide you with the details you need so you can make a new adjuster, I will take mine apart and give you photos and measures. I think if you put some efford into making your own, this will be a kind of update.
Remember to check the LN blade fits (ask them) even the models are the same the blade dont always fit.
The knob will be fine with epoxy and that is no issue.
Look forward to see shavings from that baby.
I think the price was also more than fair, but this must be due to the missing adjuster (so you can easy doubble the value or more by fixing it).
Congrat.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Karson

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#8 posted 1144 days ago

Nice buy Wayne

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Shopsmithtom

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#9 posted 1144 days ago

Very nice find, Wayne. If you’re just going to use it & are not a restoration nut (I use “nut” in the best possible meaning, here) I’m not sure I’d worry about the missing adjuster, as it works fine without it. I’d just glue the knob, or turn a new one & use an appropriate sized washer spacer. (probably a fender washer)

As to the “I am not a collector” thing…relax…I’m not a collector either, and just to keep myself convinced of that, I go around & zip off a few shavings with each of my 25 or so planes. It’s as simple as that, really.

(By the way, if that doesn’t work, what with having a LN version, & all, I will do the following favor for you…only in the interest of you hanging on to your sanity and all. I’ll store it for you in my shop (at no charge, mind you) and email photos of all shavings made with it. Think about it. You won,t get a better deal than that. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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WayneC

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#10 posted 1144 days ago

Mads, thanks for the offer of the photo and information, I was going to ask you if you could measure the thickness of the adjuster. I was thinking my first move would be to put a brass fender washer under the knob. When the plane gets here I will check the LN adjuster to see on the off chance if it fits. I am guessing I will have to make one. I’m in agreement to do as little as possible to the plane.

Venice, I will try my best. I want to avoid having shelves full of redundant planes. My intent is to use all the planes I have in my woodworking.

Karson, thanks Sir.

Tom, I feel the value of the plane is such that it is worth finding the adjuster and a the correct original blade. Perhaps if you had offered visiting rights and a monthly video of it in use I would have considered your offer…lol

As a side note, I did get the LN replacement blade on order. It should be here before the plane arrives.

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

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Bertha

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#11 posted 1144 days ago

A dream of mine.

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

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mafe

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#12 posted 1144 days ago

Hi Wayne,

I have made you a little present, it is a drawing with specifications you can print and then just make your own.

Press this link and download as PDF so you can print it in scale.
http://www.felding.net/image/pic/sparewaynes62.pdf

Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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WayneC

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#13 posted 1144 days ago

Wow. Thank you so much for the drawing. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to do this. It will be very helpful in making the part and may help others who have the same issue. I’m starting to look for the right metal.

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

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mafe

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#14 posted 1144 days ago

Happy to be able to help you.
You could use brass also if you cant get the metal.
Think you have to solder the pin in place with silver solder since this will have some force to it.
Are you familiar with silver solder?
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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WayneC

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#15 posted 1144 days ago

Thanks again Sir. I am hoping others will find this of use as well.

I was thinking brass just because of it’s availability, but would prefer the original look. Going to do some hunting online. I am familar with silver solder. I will have to look into what I have available in the shop for soldering. I have some stuff for doing electronic work.

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

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