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Forum topic by 12strings posted 07-03-2012 02:42 AM 1480 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-03-2012 02:42 AM

Does anybody else have this $20 stanley block plane (from lowes)?

I can’t figure out how to make it hold the blade tightly and still be adjustable? Any tips for making it work better, or is it a lost cause?

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#1 posted 07-03-2012 03:16 AM

I have a Stanley that looks something like that one. I bought mine in a garage sale for $1 and I got a good deal on mine. I am not sure it is the same as yours though. I don’t have any problems with mine.

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#2 posted 07-03-2012 03:17 AM

I have several “vintage” planes but have looked at the “new” 220 at Lowes.
The ‘durable epoxy coating’ could be giving you problems. Where the iron cap or chip breaker meets the blade, remove the “durable epoxy” coating. Adjust tension on the cap screw, then when you turn the lock lever, you should have the proper tension on the blade and still adjust cut depth.

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#3 posted 07-03-2012 03:27 AM

You have to fiddle with the screw to find the sweet spot where
the lever holds the iron tight but not too tight…. too tight and
the iron bows up and chatters in the cut. After you’ve found
the spot (less than 1/8th of a turn range sometimes) you
can put some loctite on the screw.


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#4 posted 07-03-2012 10:15 AM

I have this plane. It is laying under the back seat of my truck as I type this. I bought it to shave a few sticking doors at some properties.. I have the same problem with adjustments.

KsSlim: Good point…....I’ll try removing the epoxy and see what happens.

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#5 posted 07-03-2012 10:44 AM

What Loren said. Mine is from the 90’s and works just fine, makes whisper thin shavings and does end grain ok. I don’t know if the quality of steel or machining is the same today though.

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#6 posted 07-03-2012 12:46 PM

Ksslim’s got it nailed. Ive got the english version of this plane and the underside of the cap has that black paint / epoxy on it. Sand it off and you’ll get a nice tight fit that will hold much better.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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