Got a Stanley #26 jack plane in the mail. $15 + FREE shipping. Opened the box and found..
A mess. Body was way too thin. Rust everywhere, And a few other problems
Like a tote with THREE brass screws and a break near the bottom. Tote will serve as a “model” for a newer one.
Body was not only too thin up by the toe, but it was thicker at the heel, by about 1/2”.
Got all the parts apart, and started to clean them up. The frog had a problem. The yoke that moves the iron to set the depth of a cut was not in contact with anything above it. Got out a spare yoke
Ah, that is the problem. A tab that engages the slot in the chipbreaker, wasn’t there. Someone had ground it off. Knocked out the pin holding the old yoke, tried the “new” one…pin didn’t fit? Not a problem, I just drilled the hole a might bigger. NOW the pin fits, the frog can do it’s job better
Next up, well, after a few cleanup passes on the body, clamped a new sole to it, and set it out of my way
I figure that old Barn wood is about the same age as the plane. Found a replacement tote, it was missing a chunk of the horn. Ground the area flat, looked around for something to glue back on it
Little bit of walnut might just work. Set that aside for a long while. Want that to be solid as a rock, before I go to carving on it. Next, well dinner time. After which, back down to the Dungeon Shop.
Glue had set up on the body. needed to trim off the excess. Sawed the ends flush, but the sides needed something else
Used a jack plane set a bit deep, and soon had both edges flush. Needed to chop an opening in the new sole for the iron to go through. Just some chisels to chop down. One face to follow the bed for the iron. The other face needed to be cut back towards the front a bit. Results was a larger mouth, but it is a Jack plane.
Then, once the hole was opened up, files , rasps, and sandpaper to refine to opening. Got to checking the body….
Now a little bit TOO thick. Not a problem. Marked a line along all the edges. Wanted the iron to stick out about half a wheel’s bolt length. The adjuster wheel at the half way point on the bolt. First a BIG jointer/try plane took down the highest spots. Then a #5-1/2 Jack plane to smooth things down the entire length of the sole, checked with a straight edge, too
And checked at the diagonals, as well
Then put the plane back together ( for about the fourth time..) and set up a test track of pine
iron is a Dunlap one. The existing one is a bit too short. I’ll keep it in a drawer. I think I might need to sharpen the “new” iron. Next up? Well, I still have a tote/handle to carve up, and redrill. BTW, first coat of BLO is on the wood parts.
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