Shoulder plane iron width

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Forum topic by Carloz posted 03-07-2017 08:07 AM 395 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2017 08:07 AM

I just received a Stanley Sweetheart 92 shoulder plane. The sides seems to be acceptable square to the sole. However the manufactring is not what i would expect from a flagship series. The dimples on the sides obviously are made with a dull instrument, and the body edges are razor sharp, enought to cut through the skin. However the most worrysome issue is that the blade is about 0.2 mm narrower than the plane body. It also wanders to the side when adjusting it. I thought that the iron should be a bit wider than the body, otherwise it defeats the purpose. Can you share your thoughts before I return it ?

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#1 posted 03-07-2017 08:57 AM

I don’t know if this will be helpful…

I’m pretty happy with my Sweetheart LA block plane and I looked pretty hard at shoulder planes from Stanley and others before eventually buying Veritas in both medium and large. I don’t regret it for a minute. Otherwise, perhaps a replacement blade from another manufacturer might fix one problem.

-- Brett — Peters Creek, Alaska

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#2 posted 03-07-2017 02:23 PM

Sadly, Stanley of today is not what Stanley was of yesterday.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#3 posted 03-07-2017 02:37 PM

Less than stellar review for said plane.

Veritas shoulder planes would better for you.

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#4 posted 03-07-2017 03:29 PM

It pretty much needs to be the same width. .008 is enough to feel it isn’t flush. I’d send it back.

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#5 posted 03-07-2017 04:29 PM

I have one of these planes and it suffers from none of the problems you noticed. It is a very nice plane. I would send it back it is was mine.

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#6 posted 03-07-2017 09:05 PM

I’m trying to think about using one like that and the blade being that slightly too narrow doesn’t really seem to be a problem since you set the blade flush to the side you plane to use it on. Try the technique in this video and try holding the blade flush to the side you want when you tighten it. If you can’t get it to hold at the setting you want it at, definitely take it back.

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