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Forum topic by nashbok posted 07-20-2010 09:37 PM 1182 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-20-2010 09:37 PM

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So this past weekend I passed up a transitional jointer plane of unknown type. They were asking the princely sum of $12.50 (for the record, I had already scored a Stanley 60 1/2, a dovetail saw, and a Disston D8). I’m thinking it may have been a Stanley or Sargent. Anyway, I saw that the bottom had a few cracks in it and decided not to buy it. The hardware/blade looked to be in good condition. As I write this, I’m trying to get my foot around to the back of my chair and give myself the kick in the butt I think I deserve….

The whole experience made me realize that I have no idea how to evaluate a transitional plane. Any pointers? What kind of condition does the sole need to be in and how hard is it to straighten one out?

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#1 posted 07-20-2010 11:14 PM

Patrick suggests they be used as firewood. I had one I couldn’t place for a while until I bought a massive magnifying glass. Under ultra bright lights, I could still find the ghost of the Stanley imprint. Some people just sand them flat and glue a piece of known flat to it.

-- Come down off the cross, we can use the wood. -Tom Waits

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#2 posted 07-21-2010 05:20 AM

If you have a jointer (powered or hand) you can joint the bottom. Take off as little as you can though. The more you remove, the wider the mouth will become.
Generally, a few small cracks are not a problem unless they are right in front of the mouth. Unless the sole is really warped, it is a pretty easy thing.

Of course you can always use the original as a pattern and make a new base. Takes a bit of work though.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 08-03-2010 08:38 PM

Thanks for the info. Won’t be passing up any more deals like that.

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