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Forum topic by qajaq06 posted 08-01-2016 02:31 PM 220 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-01-2016 02:31 PM

I am fixing up this stanley plane 12-204 Made in England, CF4 beneath the frog. 1970’s I think. I have fixed up and used a low angle block plane but this is my first foray into smoothing planes. I have read about flattening the mating surfaces between body and frog-bottom, but these surfaces are covered in japanning. Should I still attempt to flatten mating surfaces? Any advice on tricks to get these surfaces correct would be great. Since you can’t see the surfaces I assume this is eyeballing and then by feel, or I will attempt to do some marker transfer.

The lateral adjustment lever has a tab, should this tab be parallel with the blade surface and nested in the slot in the blade? I may have to bend it up.

Lastly, any advice on flat files, right now I have none, I may want one for frog bottom work and sharpening scrapers, what do I need to know in order to pick out a decent file?

Thanks for your help!

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#1 posted 08-01-2016 03:05 PM

Use one of these to remove the paint. Sandpaper on a block of wood to clean the frog of paint. Bend the tab up.

Cleaned frog. Plane can be tuned up nicely..

On mine, I replaced the flimsy plastic depth aduster with a metal one..

One that I had as a spare…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#2 posted 08-02-2016 12:01 AM

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#3 posted 08-02-2016 12:22 PM

All good advice. You need to remove the paint that is on the mating surfaces. I’d try putting paint stripper on with a brush or something so it is only on the mating surfaces and doesn’t remove paint elsewhere.

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#4 posted 08-02-2016 03:02 PM

Abt. the file question…..Get a single cut “mill bastard”. No, I’m not being crude. That’s the real name for the file.
I use a 6” and 8” most often, but I have others.
Try to find new old stock if at all possible. Nicholson, Simmonds, Black Diamond are some of the good ones. USA made if ya can.
Do you have an OLD hardware store nearby?


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