Whoot. The plane arrived today. I unpacked it and started the inspection. I only found one surprise which is a good thing. Now all I need is for the IBC blade to arrive and I will be ready to “get er done”.
I picked up some brass sheet and rod yesterday, so I can also begin the process of creating a new lever to adjust the mouth. Thanks again Mads!!!!
So here are some photos.
Things to look out for in this photo. If you look at the depth adjustment knob, you can see that two much of it is exposed. This indicates the blade has been ground way down and this case needs to be replaced. The other thing you can see is that the front knob is missing the lever used to adjust the mouth of the plane and the knob is cracked.
In this view, you can see the cracked knob, the blade that is too short and missing adjustment lever. The depth adjustment of the plane and lever cap look real good. The rear tote is also solid and in good shape. There is some Jappanning loss but no real rust.
As you can see from this photo the back of the mouth is out of square and looks like it may have been filed at some point. This was something I did not pickup from the ebay photos when I was inspecting it for purchase. I’m pretty sure this will not affect the performance of the plane.
You can see that I will need to use epoxy to fill the gap in the knob when I repair it. The break is not clean enough for glue alone.
Note the washer, that was under the frog. I am guessing it was an attempt to prevent the knob from breaking. When I got the brass stock, I also got a large brass washer to use in the interim. You can see it in some of the later photos.
Note that the casting appears to be heavier on the LN plane, the blade is much more substantial, and there are two screws on the tote. Also it is clear that there is no way an LN adjuster could be used to replace the original one in the Stanley.
Note the differences in usable blade lenght and also the dreaded thickness difference. (reference to the thickness debate that was going on in the handplane threads for a while). The LN blade is much thicker than the original blade. The shortness is best seen by comparing the distance between the edge of the blade and the hole where the cap screw goes on the blade.
In this photo you can see the differences in blade adjustment mechanics. LN has a single slot on the blade that mates with the knob. The Stanley has a mechanizm simiar to the ones used on block planes. A standard LN blade will not work as a replacement.
Note how beefy the adjustment lever is on the LN plane.
There you have it. The next step is for me to make the adjuster and repair the knob. Hopefully it will not take woodcraft too long to ship the blade.
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