|Forum topic by Vindex||posted 02-25-2016 03:00 PM||642 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
02-25-2016 03:00 PM
I am relatively new to woodworking, and after getting comfortable with my no. 4 and no. 5 bench planes, I decided that I needed to get a decent block plane for end-grain. I went hunting on ebay for a low-angle version and got a Millers Falls 56 in very good condition.
In the process, however, I accidentally bid on another plane that I hadn’t even looked at. I won the auction at $4.25 (plus $10 shipping). Suddenly, I found myself with two block planes. The “accidental” plane turned out to be a standard angle Craftsman 3704 BB (a rebrand of the Millers Falls 26, I believe). Unfortunately, I discovered that the lever cap’s lever and the circle that holds it are completely broken off of the cap. Nevertheless, I de-rusted the plane, and the rest of it looks salvageable but not great (see photos).
So here is my question: can this type of plane (clones of the Stanley 9 ½) be used properly without the lever by compensating with extra pressure from the screw, or is the plane fundamentally compromised as is? In other words, is it worth the effort of trying to restore this plane, or should I just consider it a parts donor for a future standard angle block plane that is in better condition?
Thanks in advance.