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Forum topic by willhime posted 07-03-2015 06:11 PM 843 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-03-2015 06:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip question plane refurbishing

In the photos, you can see that the only auxillery piece for the stanley #78 I have is the fence slide mount. Is there a good method for returning these to functional days that isn’t too expensive? In parts alone, I’m missing roughly 5 different parts. I was considering just buying an old junky one and tuning up it’s parts, but they’re around $60..

Same with the jack (I think that’s what it is), but I can’t find any brand marks..

I’m open to different methods.

- Will

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#1 posted 07-03-2015 06:35 PM

By my count you are missing more than 5 parts:
2)”lever cap”
3)lever cap screw
4)lever cap thumb bolt
5)depth stop
6) depth stop thumb bolt (& washer?)
7) spur
8)spur screw
9+)all of the parts associated with the fence
All of these parts can be found but if you pay retail for them then you’ll get to $60 pretty quick. But do not despair (or pay retail). Study what it would take to complete the plane part by part and develop an image of each part in you minds eye. Then when you are visiting yard sales and flea markets search the bottom of boxes and buckets and you can piece it together bit by bit on the cheap. Sometimes these parts fall out of the sky when you least expect it. Also look for planes that have the main casting broken and the sellers just want to get rid of the remains. I’m a couple of years into piecing a $4 Craftsman version together. I have spent another $4-5 for 4 blades and this past weekend I was gifted a few parts. Beware that Stanley had some thread sizes that are not interchangeable with other brands and are hard to find. Also note that with the first four parts I listed you can start to use that plane.

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#2 posted 07-06-2015 09:45 AM

yeah, I figured it was higher than my count. I’m kind of toying with the idea of making my own little parts like the depth guage, and fence as stand-ins while I slowly accrue.

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#3 posted 07-06-2015 10:05 AM

You have to see what the parts cost but my guess is for what you’re going to spend on parts, your better off abandoning these and picking up planes that are complete.

I know you can pick up 78’s pretty cheap.
The nicker is pretty important on that 78 if you’re planing a side rabbet against the grain.

I have a 78 complete I’m willing to part with PM me if you’re interested.

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#4 posted 07-06-2015 06:58 PM

I’m with rwe here. You can get a complete 78 for way way cheaper than you can get all the parts to complete yours. I picked up my complete 78 for $30-40 and saw some go on Ebay for around that much at the time, but it seems like they are going for more now. But you’ll pay from $5 to $15 or more for each of the missing parts on yours so it would cost way more to buy all the parts. Every partial 78 out there is missing the fence, the depth stop, or the nickers or all of the above.

Building your own replacement parts would be an interesting exercise, but ironically would be much easier if you had some examples to work with.

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#5 posted 07-12-2015 11:26 PM

The bench plane is a Sargent. You can find the type here

The bench plane looks like a fore plane, not a jack. Its probably a 418 or 422 depending on length.

I agree with the above. A part at a time will be more costly.

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