|Forum topic by qajaq06||posted 08-01-2016 02:31 PM||220 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
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!