Stanley No. 8 Jointer plane

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Forum topic by BigEsch posted 06-20-2016 05:44 PM 638 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-20-2016 05:44 PM

I recently picked up a stanley #8 jointer plane at an antique store for $30. It is in reasonable condition and actually makes a nice shaving despite the surface rust. Based on the patent date it was made between 1925 and 1928.

The odd thing about this plane is the hole in bottom where the tote rod is located. The hole is perfectly centered on the upper threaded received for the tote rod and it appears to drill at the exact angle of the tote rod. If this was some ‘farmers’ fix, it was done by some one with very good machinist skills. The inside of the hole has the same patina as the rest of the plane, so it was something that was done a long time ago.

Has any one on the forum seen something similar? Or is this just an oddity.


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#1 posted 06-21-2016 03:16 AM

I might have a response, but for the fact that I am not sure what you’re describing.

Are you saying there is a hole in the sole of the plane?

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#2 posted 06-21-2016 03:38 AM

Sounds like you picked up a Flawed Plane, You could just send it to me and I will hang it beside some other odd looking Stanleys! I will even refund your $30?

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#3 posted 06-21-2016 04:10 AM


There is a hole in the sole, directly in line with the threaded hole where the tote rod screws in. It doesn’t affect the way it works, just an oddity,

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#4 posted 06-21-2016 04:23 AM

I’ve heard over tightening can pop the bolt through the casting sometimes.

He may have stripped the threads is what I’m thinking. I’ve heard of it before.

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#5 posted 06-21-2016 04:25 AM

my guess was the the handle shrunk and in tightening it in a hole perhaps bored to close to the bottom of the sole, tightening the handle just blew it out the bottom. Perhaps it was cleaned up with drill bits. Many times in rehabbing planes, I’ve had to grind 3/16 off the handle rod to get it to tighten. Who know shat happened years ago.

I figure 30 bucks for a workable #8 was a hecj of a price, I’d keep visiting that store as if a #8 is only worth 30 bucks, a much smaller #1 or #2 might only be worth 10 bucks….. Give the guy yer phone number and tell him yer looking for really tiny hand planes.

Good score.


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#6 posted 06-21-2016 06:39 PM

Is it that the tote rod hole was overdrilled, coming through the sole but the hole is threaded normally with the tote rod entering from the top? Or was the hole drilled out to a larger diameter with some other fastener arrangement substituted for the tote rod?

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#7 posted 06-21-2016 06:57 PM

Could be that the original threads were strpped out, and someone redrilled and tapped to the next size larger…like maybe a 1/4” x 20…...made a new shaft and top nut. easy enough to do.

Have seen one or two planes come through the rehab center, with the bolt being a regular bolt, run up through the sole, and a hex nut at the top of the tote. Not pretty.

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#8 posted 06-21-2016 08:11 PM

The fastener is a pan head bolt going thru the sole and out the top of the tote with a hex nut fastening it down. The threads for the original tote rod are intast and not stripped. I attached a tote from another plane with no issues. As I said before, the hole in the sole is nice and clean and drilled at the appropriate angle to match to tote.

Even with the hole the plane is useable and a great deal at $30.

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#9 posted 06-23-2016 12:59 AM

A picture is worth a thousand words.

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