Shop Tools #17: Stanley Bedrock 605 1/2c

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 08-30-2013 12:22 AM 2469 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 16: New Plane Stanley 5 1/4c Part 17 of Shop Tools series Part 18: Record 044 Combination Plane #2 »

Again documenting another plane. I believe this is a type 5, the first of the square sides. This plane was only made in 1911 making it approximately 102 years old. This will be my primary 5 1/2 size user. It was obtained in the mail from eBay today.

Main complaints are the tote broken in two places, the chip breaker on the blade backwards, and the frog way out of adjustment. Also, the seller sanded the plane a bit, which I think probably turned some folks off.

I disassembled, replaced the broken tote, applied wax to the parts and reassembled. Sharpening and testing will come later.

As Received

Lever Cap and blade off

Tote Damage. The horn was actually nailed on.

Closer View of the lever cap

View of the back of the lever Cap. Note that it is marked with the plane size. Not noticed one marked like this before.

Good view of a bedrock plane frog mounts, pins and screws. One of the advantages of the bedrock frog design is that you can adjust the mouth of the plane without removing the lever cap, blade and chip breaker.

Here is a closer view of where the frog mounts with the screws in place. The center screw move the forward or back and the side screws tighten the frog.

This view is the frog sitting in the bed you can see down into the pin holes. It is important when you put the pins in that you align the holes on the pins so that they are aligned with the screws used to secure the frog.

Final shots before it enters the tool chest for the night.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of a bedrock plane if you had not seen one up close before. Also as a side note, this design is what the Lie-Nielson and Windriver bench planes are based on. They are similar in design.

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

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#1 posted 08-30-2013 12:29 AM

Tasty. Kinda rare to see a two line cap, they have to be the minority of the Bedrock labeled caps. Were those on both round and flat side editions?

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#2 posted 08-30-2013 12:30 AM

Nice Wayne! I like those Bedrocks. I have a 4 & 8 and they beefy.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#3 posted 08-30-2013 12:37 AM

Shane, yes, the two line caps were on type 4 (round side) and type 5 (flat side) Bedrocks. I’d love a complete set of type 4’s.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 08-30-2013 12:43 AM

+1 to JayT’s answer.

This type was the only square side to have the two line cap. Thanks Clayton.

I added a few more photos from after I was done with the minor cleanup and tote replacement.

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

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#5 posted 08-30-2013 02:56 AM

Wayne, it is good to see you out showing us your planes again. I enjoy your posts. So do you have any complete sets yet? I see you are working your way through the Bedrock
. Keep up the good work, but more importantly, KEEP US POSTED!!!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#6 posted 08-30-2013 03:31 AM

Thanks Dwain. I’m actually only working on one full set of bench planes to use. It has been more of an evolution over time.

I’m looking for Bedrock Style planes (either Old Bedrocks or Lie-Nielson). Usually the deciding factor is price. If the Bedrock is really rare, then I plan to go with LN. I’m down to needing two planes to have a full set of Bedrock style bench planes, the 607 and a 605 1/4. I just purchased an earlier 5 1/4c so I think I will stick with that for a while.

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

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#7 posted 08-30-2013 08:09 AM

She’s a beaut. I’m sure your as giddy as I was when I got mine. A sweet plane to work with.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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