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Forum topic by jtrz posted 12-03-2017 04:32 AM 463 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jtrz

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12-03-2017 04:32 AM

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Found this at my great uncles after he passed. I can’t afford to get a high quality plane at the moment so hoping you all can aid me in tweaking this one to improve it’s performance. It’s a stanley and I think it is a part of the handyman or handymade collection whenver they made those. It’s 6 1/2” x 2”

So what do you think? Can I get this thing into good enough shape to get me by until the big bucks start rolling in?

Thanks


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#1 posted 12-03-2017 06:31 AM

Short answer is sure, but do not expect to make shavings in the 1/1000 range. flatten the bottom , sharpen the iron and use it.

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#2 posted 12-03-2017 07:18 AM

Pretty much.

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#3 posted 12-03-2017 01:35 PM

IMO… educate yourself about old planes (e.g. “Blood and Gore” for the history of Stanley) and then troll estate sales, flea markets, and consignment stores for low-cost winners. If you even sorta know what to look for and where to do it you’ll eventually find damn good tools for $20 or less. Knowledge, patience, work ethic, and a ten dollar bill are enough to get you you set up with literally the cat’s ass of block planes.

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#4 posted 12-03-2017 04:54 PM

As it’s said, ‘sharp fixes everything.’ In other words, make the cutter as sharp as you know how and the plane will work to the best of its’ ability. It lacks fine adjuster mechanisms, so fettling is trial and error (taps, check cut, more taps, check, etc. etc.). And once it’s set, leave it there.

Good luck!

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#5 posted 12-04-2017 02:30 AM

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AESamuel

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#6 posted 12-07-2017 08:28 PM

All I would do to that is flatten the sole, remove the rust, and get that blade nice and sharp; anything else would be pure aesthetics.

Key with planes like that is not to try and adjust the blade with your fingers, it will only end in frustration. Use a 4oz hammer with light taps to adjust the blade in, and side to side.

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Bill_Steele

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#7 posted 12-07-2017 09:44 PM

I have a block plane very similar to this (see below). It really does work well if it is sharp and adjusted correctly. I can get fairly thin shavings—thin enough to read through.

I adjust it by first getting it close, and then with light tension on the iron, just tap the heel or the toe on the work bench to adjust the projection of the iron.

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#8 posted 12-15-2017 02:58 PM

There is more you can do.

These block planes have enormous mouths, which makes it difficult to set the blade for a fine cut.

To close up the mouth, you need to build up the floor behind the mouth. This will raise the section upon which the blade rests. I have done this to a LN #103 using brass shim, here …

Regards from Perth

Derek

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