|Forum topic by luthierwnc||posted 02-20-2016 07:24 PM||466 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
02-20-2016 07:24 PM
I recently bought a beater Stanley No. 10 1/2 carriage maker’s plane. I needed to braze a crack in the cheek and will need to repaint it. Not much is left of the original blade but if I’m careful, I can get a good edge on it to last quite a few honings.
While I was working out the next phase of the work I assembled the plane and discovered something I didn’t expect. The chipbreaker is a lot thinner than a comparable-era #3 bench plane. I got .052” thickness versus .0625” on my #3. The breaker notch is also thinner than the #3. As a result, the blade/breaker assembly won’t sit flat on the frog because the tapered post is too thick at that depth for the notch in the breaker to seat. If these are original parts, the blade never would have been flat on the frog surface. I have a couple spare #3 frogs and it did the same on both of those.
I’ll take a file to either the breaker or the post to get consistent contact but I wanted to ask if anyone knows if this is typical of these planes? The parts look genuine and certainly have seen a lot of use.
Thanks for any insight, sh