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Loose Tote on my Stanley-Bailey No. 4 Plane

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Blog entry by Lynn Bradford. posted 12-24-2014 11:38 PM 1914 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I might as well try and jump into my first blog entry for you LJs. I’ve been lurking and commenting from time to time. So here we go!

I bought this plane off eBay a year Go probably, and right from the beginning, it had a loose tote. Just enough that it had a wiggle to it. I surfed the world over, and found some failed attempts mostly, with a few good ideas as well, and I decided to try a grinder.

I removed the screw from the tote, and screwed it back into the socket on the base of the plane. I marked where the socket struck the threads, so I’d have an idea of how many threads to remove. I had 6 threads beyond the mark when I removed the screw. I fired up my HF 8” grinder, and removed a thread at a time, testing the fit each time. Three threads later, the tote snugged right up nicely.

Now to get her sharpened up! And to figure out how to embed photos, without using another service!!

Thanks for looking.

-- Lynn Bradford | Indiana | A poor excuse is better than none.



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Don W

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#1 posted 12-25-2014 03:07 AM

just click the img button, browse to the photo and insert. easy peesy.

because we have a rule, pic’s or it didn’t happen.

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

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#2 posted 12-25-2014 04:00 AM

Thanks Don. I figured it out once I got to a real.compjter, and not a phone. Then, I couldn’t find the picture I knew I took way back when. I’ll add one tomorrow.

-- Lynn Bradford | Indiana | A poor excuse is better than none.

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#3 posted 12-25-2014 01:52 PM

Lynn, I had the same issue with the Stanley Bailey No. 4. It was given to me! I could not believe it. I did as you did, removed the screw, etc. I tapped the hole, still loose. Then I measured everything. Too long, so I did just what you did. I have been using it ever since. It is one of my go to planes.

Ellery Becnel

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#4 posted 12-25-2014 06:00 PM

Ellery, I was going to run a tap down to clean up the threads, but read that Stanley planes used their own specification, but then read the threads were Whitworth? So I nixed that idea. Here’s the plane today:

-- Lynn Bradford | Indiana | A poor excuse is better than none.

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#5 posted 12-26-2014 11:51 PM

Nice plane, congrats on the solution

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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