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Forum topic by Justin Lukaszewicz posted 06-03-2015 12:25 AM 831 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Justin Lukaszewicz

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06-03-2015 12:25 AM

Topic tags/keywords: plane hand number 4 stanley handyman gouge help

I purchased a Stanley Handyman #4 plane at a garage sale in not so spectacular condition, but it was salvagable, i flattened the sole and my uncle sharpened the blade (shave sharp) and he also tried to grind down the chip breaker. Now, it is making lines in the bench that I am part way through building (its paul sellers split top bench). I am trying to plane the top of it, it was working fine, then my little brother came out into the garage and messed with it and now it is cutting MUCH deeper on one side than the other and the lateral adjustment thing that sticks out above the handle wont move it to the right place, it will either cut more on one side or the other side. no matter how little i move the adjustment, it gouges the wood on one side. This is also my first time using a hand plane on a project and I am almost sure i messed something up. I have tried a countless number of google searches and nothing. youtube. nothing. Please help! :)

-- Yes, I do not have the most expensive or new tools, No, I am not going to spend my college fund on my shop.


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bandit571

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#1 posted 06-03-2015 12:42 AM

Maybe a few pictures of the patient?

Sometimes, if the lever cap gets loosened up by a flip of the cam lock. If the plane was on it’s side, the LATERAL Lever will fall to that side. Then then lever cap gets locked back down. If the Lateral lever din’t go back into the slot in the blade, it will cause a problem like that.

Take a look at the side of the plane. Is there a gap under the cutter? It is supposed to rest ON the frog with no gap. The Lateral lever maybe holding the cutter up.

Secondly, Take a small hammer, and tap the side of the cutter to center in back on the plane. Light tap, and only against the cutter. That should get the edge to cut evenly across the edge.

Again, could use a picture or two of what is going on….

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JayT

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#2 posted 06-03-2015 01:24 AM


Sometimes, if the lever cap gets loosened up by a flip of the cam lock. If the plane was on it s side, the LATERAL Lever will fall to that side. Then then lever cap gets locked back down. If the Lateral lever din t go back into the slot in the blade, it will cause a problem like that.

Take a look at the side of the plane. Is there a gap under the cutter? It is supposed to rest ON the frog with no gap. The Lateral lever maybe holding the cutter up.

- bandit571

This would be my first guess, as well. Take the lever cap off, re-seat the iron, replace the lever cap and try it again.

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#3 posted 06-03-2015 01:33 AM

Thank you so much guys, i ended up getting so frustrated that I couldnt think straight and walked away for an hour, came back, took it apart and put it back together, set it up and it worked fine. i think the iron did get “unseated” because i remember when i first picked it up, the cam lock was open. I have fallen in love with hand planes now too. no noise, dust or getting your finger caught in a roller. I didnt realize how easy it was to flatten a board. Im hoping to be able to replace a jointer (which i dont have) with planes. Thanks for the help! :)

-- Yes, I do not have the most expensive or new tools, No, I am not going to spend my college fund on my shop.

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#4 posted 06-03-2015 02:02 AM

Glad you got it figured out. Welcome to LJ and the slippery slope of hand planes.

FYI, I have never owned a jointer and have no desire or need to get one. All flattening and straightening edges can be done pretty easily with planes and a little practice.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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