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Posted on Need help with Stanley Sweetheart 60 1/2 low angle block plane

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Don W

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#1 posted 941 days ago

I have a vintage 60 1/2 Stanley. Its my favorite block plane. A new plane needs to be tuned, from what I understand especially the “new” stanleys. Make sure the sole is reasonably flat, and make sure the blade is sharp. If your getting dust, most likely the blade needs some attention.

You certainly should be able to adjust the blade to go past the mouth. If not, there is something else wrong. You also want to make sure the mouth is adjusted for use. For fine shavings you want just a small opening. Adjust the mouth after you adjust the blade, because lowering the blade will change the mouth opening.

It may help to post some pictures and we may be able to see the problem your having.

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