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Forum topic by Texchappy posted 05-27-2012 12:32 AM 1062 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-27-2012 12:32 AM

Finally got my first plane (an Old Street Smoother that was donated to me) set up and enough bench space to try it out. Took about ten minutes of playing with it to figure it out. Though not gossamer, I did manage to get shavings that were somewhat translucent.

Gotta question: what is the proper mallet to adjust a wooden stock plane? Right now I’ve got a tite hammer #1 (the smallest) but I don’t think that’s the perfect one.

-- Wood is not velveeta

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#1 posted 05-27-2012 03:58 PM

Quite a first plane!
I waited more than a year for mine, and was worth every minute.
Have you read the instructions for it at Old Street Tool’s website?
That smoother takes a very fine adjustment, a very light hammer is all that is needed, and I would suggest a non-metal face for tapping the body and wedge of the plane.

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#2 posted 05-27-2012 06:15 PM

I was VERY fortunate to get this plane and I know if. Now I’m spoiled and want their Jack now.

I’m looking at the chester tool works plane adjusting hammer. It seems to hit all the necessaries from the research I’ve been doing since yesterday. The Glen-drake plane adjusting hammer confuses me. It doesn’t seem to hit any of those boxes.

Yes, I have read the instructions but probably a few more go overs would not go astray.

-- Wood is not velveeta

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#3 posted 05-28-2012 12:58 PM

typically you’ll want a small brass hammer. I lucked out and found one in a flea market for $2, but many make their own. Steel on steel will cause the blade to peen over, so if you can’t find brass you can use a good solid wood mallet. (maple, beech etc)

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#4 posted 05-28-2012 01:21 PM

I’d recommend sending a pm to lwllms , he always seems down with answering questions on the board, and well, there would be no better expert in the world to answer a question about that plane

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