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.
Workings of the plane
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