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CharlieM1958

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1222 days ago

I’m currently rehabbing a Stanley #3, and I noticed the lateral adjustment lever is extremely tight. It works, but moving it from side to side is a real effort. Do any of you hand plane experts know a trick to loosen it up a little, without making it too loose?

By the way, in case anyone noticed my absence last week, I was on a combination business conference/pleasure trip. Ten bonus points to anyone who can name all three California cities where these photos were taken:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/68271167@N00/sets/72157626452803749/show/

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"


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patron

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#1 posted 1222 days ago

carmel
monterey
san francisco

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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majeagle1

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#2 posted 1222 days ago

Well, I think Patron nailed it…... a day late and a dollar short !

Hope you enjoyed your trip, you hit some of my favorite areas !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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whitedog

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#3 posted 1222 days ago

Monterey … I was there last week also on Tues. , some beautiful days last week. We had people from Australia here so we took them on 17 Mile Drive. Next time your here let us know.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#4 posted 1222 days ago

Carmel by the sea
San Fran
Big Sur or Monterey

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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ksSlim

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#5 posted 1222 days ago

Try a shot of PB Blaster to loosen your lateral lever. Blaster is usually available in auto parts stores.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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WayneC

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#6 posted 1222 days ago

I would hit the lateral adjuster with a little 3 in 1 oil. Not tried Blaster.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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bubinga

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#7 posted 1222 days ago

I had one like that ,It was real bad, I shot it with WD-40, work back and forth, still tight, put 3n1 oil on it, and Kept working it back and forth, put more oil on, and back and forth, I did this a lot, and it finally loosened up enough to be acceptable.
Maybe it loosened up from all the friction and heat !!!

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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CharlieM1958

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#8 posted 1222 days ago

David, you took all the suspense out of it. !0 points to you!

Thanks for the advice guys. Looks like a little lubrication and continued movement will be my course of action.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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TheDane

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#9 posted 1222 days ago

Charlie—”... lubrication and continued movement …” is a good prescription for lots of stuff. My grandfather lubed himself with a couple of shots of Schnapps every day, than took a long walk in the park. He lived to be 93!

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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patron

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#10 posted 1222 days ago

hey
i had to move fast
the next 4 guys
were chafing at the bit
to be first

i hope the 10 points
are
‘thou can’
not more of that
‘thou can’t’

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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CharlieM1958

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#11 posted 1222 days ago

Gerry: Sounds like a plan! I can’t do that kind of lube anymore, so I guess I’ll have to double up on the movement part. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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ptweedy

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#12 posted 1222 days ago

carmel yes not monteray, Pacific grove, San Francisco phil

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CharlieM1958

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#13 posted 1222 days ago

Hey Phil…. okay, I think we’re splitting hairs, but technically you are 100% correct. Pacific Grove… not Monterey.

Sorry David, I’m going to have to take back the 10 bonus points and give them to Phil. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Dan

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#14 posted 1222 days ago

Charlie- Oil and side to side movement will probably fix it but if it still seems tight after that you can also try slightly bending the lever back and forth in the opposite. If it comes to that I would use some vise grips and wiggle it close to the pin where it is attached to the frog.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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CanadianWoodChuck

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#15 posted 1222 days ago

Charlie – I don’t know anything about hand planes but it was nice to see you took your daughter along on your trip – great bonding :)

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce) http://3dwoodworkingplans.com

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