sides of plane not 90

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Forum topic by yrob posted 06-05-2011 06:57 PM 890 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-05-2011 06:57 PM

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I have a Stanley Bailey no 7 that I restored. I use it to joint and the sole is dead flat. I started using it on my shooting board and noticed that my edges were slightly off from 90. It turns out that the sides of this plane are not an exact 90. My other bailey, a no 4 has perfect 90 degree sides.

I am wondering if you guys often encountered older planes with sides out of square. Is it a common thing to watch for or did I just get unlucky ?

Of course, ultimately I want to get a real miter plane like the one from lie-nielsen but its out of my budget for now.

-- Yves

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#1 posted 06-05-2011 07:05 PM

I would say it only matters if your using the plane in a shooting board.

It is not uncommon. When I go looking for old tools, I carry a small backpack that has a stanley price guide in it, jewelers loop, tape measure, machinest’s square and some other stuff. I use the square to check sides before I buy. Another tip is to use the glass on top of a display case to check for sole flatness if you happen to be in an antique store.

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#2 posted 06-06-2011 02:07 AM

I have many garage sale stanleys & others. very few of them are square on the sides.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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