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Forum topic by Charlie383 posted 07-06-2016 05:47 PM 490 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2016 05:47 PM

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I am new to the site and looking for some information. I have a Stanly #27 transitional plane that looks to be in good condition until you look at the sole. The sole has been butchered to the point that you cant retract the iron far enough. Also it is out of square the good news is there is no checking or cracking. My plan is to square and true it up then laminate a piece to the bottom to bring it back to its original height. My question is what was the height of the original wooden sole?

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#1 posted 07-06-2016 07:44 PM

few hints here … not the best resole video but ok

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#2 posted 07-09-2016 12:53 AM


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#3 posted 07-18-2016 05:52 AM

The height thst yields the mouth opening you want.

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#4 posted 08-05-2016 04:43 PM

Thanks for the advice, the problem is that the sole has gotten so thin that the blade wont retract all the way.

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#5 posted 08-06-2016 12:22 AM

I had a very similar problem with an old transitional plane I wanted to use. It needed a new wood body, but I was not going to be able to build it from scratch. So, I took the plane apart, milled the sole of the original wood about a half inch thinner. Then glued on a slightly thicker piece, using Hard Maple. Then, using the angles on the interior cuts of the original wood, I chiseled through the new wood. Then I ran it over the jointer till I got the thickness just right. It has a two toned body now, which I suppose gives it a resale value of $0, but it works fine.

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#6 posted 08-07-2016 12:09 AM

You could graft on a new sole. I know some planes made by ECE Emmerich have a Lignum Vitae sole that is very attractive, so you could implement a similar sole on yours.

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#7 posted 08-07-2016 03:46 AM

Maybe get a blank of Beech, and shape to make a new base?

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