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Dwain

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08-10-2017 05:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hand plane iron wood river irc replacement

Oh Hand Tool Masters, I ask to learn from your great knowledge.

While cleaning out the garage, I found an old type 12 Stanley Bailey 5 1/2. Everything was there and working… except the iron. I need a replacement. In researching, I found the WoodRiver v3 Replacement iron selling for $22.00. I understand it is a little thicker than the original Stanley replacement iron, but no where as thick as the LN or IRC replacement irons. So I have a few questions:

Has anyone tried these irons? If so, what are your thoughts?
Will I need to file the mouth of my 5 1/2? I was hoping not.
Am I correct to assume I should be the iron labeled for the 6 and 7 planes?

Anyway, please advise if I am buying the right iron, and that it’s a good iron.

Thanks to all!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do


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WayneC

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#1 posted 08-10-2017 05:34 PM

I’ve used hock replacements in my planes and have not had to file a mouth. On the 5 1/2 measure the width of the blade. The blade width varied over time. You can get more info on Blood and Gore. Do you need a chip breaker?

Also, originals can be found on eBay. Some photos of the plane could help identify the type of plane and which cutter would be correct to make it original if interested.

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SignWave

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#2 posted 08-10-2017 06:12 PM

Not a hand tool master, but I do have a little experience with the WoodRiver v3 blade.

I got a WR v3 blade for my HF copy of the #4 plane. It is a nice blade and holds an edge well. I definitely give it a thumbs up, as it is a good blade for the money. The one I got was .125” thick, so I opened the mouth a bit to make it work. I don’t mind modifying because it was a cheap plane, it works so much better that the one that came with it, and the mouth needed cleaning up anyway.

If you’re looking for a slightly thinner option, check out Hock Tools. Theirs are 3/32” so they may not require modification to the mouth. I have had good performance from Hock, though they do cost more than the WR.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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Dwain

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#3 posted 08-10-2017 09:13 PM

Thanks SignWave and Wayne,

I very much appreciate your responses. I am assuming the iron is the same width as the chip breaker. The chip breaker is definitely 2 1/4 inches. Seems weird, I thought most all were 2 3/8. Anyway, I was wrong, it’s a type 13, not a 12. I would prefer to find something from the same generation, but I’m not ready to invest big dollars. Are irons readily available at 2 1/4 inches? Should I just bit the bullet and get a chip breaker with the iron?

Thanks!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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Ocelot

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#4 posted 08-11-2017 02:20 PM

St. James Bay may make one, but you have to call to ask. They don’t have one on ebay, but they do have a kit for a 2 1/4” wide plane.

https://www.stjamesbaytoolco.com/

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Tim

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#5 posted 08-11-2017 03:14 PM

You could get your exact vintage iron on eBay either by looking up NHplaneparts or LJ user Deycart also has an eBay store:
http://www.ebay.com/usr/deycart?_trksid=p2047675.l2559
if the one you want isn’t listed, just ask them, they can likely find you one.

Finally, I bet the WR iron would be fine, but I’ve never used one.

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Dwain

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#6 posted 08-11-2017 04:53 PM

Ocelot, thanks for the feedback. St. James Bay Tool Co. is actually very close to where I live. I have a hard time reaching them though. Do you e mail or call? Every time I call I get voicemail.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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Ocelot

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#7 posted 08-11-2017 06:48 PM

Well, I never actually called them myself. I’ve been watching some of their stuff but haven’t bought anything from them. But I did see a 2 1/4” plane kit listed. They make replacement parts, including blades for some old Stanley planes. That’s all I know.

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#8 posted 11-16-2017 05:14 PM

Sorry for the late reply, but I recently rehabbed an old Stanley made 5 1/2 using a Wood River V3 blade. The blade by the way is very good – flat and sharp out of the box. My plane dates from about 1900 so it also has the 2 1/4” width blade/ cap iron. Here’s what I did. First I ground 1/16” off either side of the wood river blade. Next, I opened up the mouth of the plane – it didn’t need too much. Last, I soldered some tabs to the cap iron so the depth adjusting yoke would engage more fully. It really is my favorite plane now.

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Dwain

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#9 posted 11-16-2017 05:27 PM

Thanks Wolf60. Sounds like quite an adventure. I’m glad it worked for you. I ended up finding a vintage iron for the plane.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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