Tighten loose tote on a plane

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Forum topic by Brett posted 03-24-2011 04:27 PM 1549 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2011 04:27 PM

I purchased a Stanley No. 5 hand plane recently that is in very good condition. The only problem is that if I grab the tote and wiggle it, the rear of the base moves side to side about 1/16 of an inch. Maybe the long tote screw is just loose and a tightening with a screwdriver is all it needs (I can’t check until this evening), but in case that doesn’t fix it, what can be done to tighten up the tote?

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#1 posted 03-24-2011 04:33 PM

The tote contains a long rod that is threaded on both ends. One end srews into the sole & the other into the brass nut at the top of the tote. Some planes also have a little nubbin on the sole near the front of the tote to engage a small recess in the tote. You may only have to tighten the brass nut a bit. Watch out because they’re relatively soft. Or you may have to take the tote off & tighten the rod at the sole. I’ve actually had to shorten the rod before (how that happens, I’ll never know). Good luck.

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