# 5 Center Adjuster Missing

  • Advertise with us

« back to Hand Tools forum

Forum topic by whitewulf posted 569 days ago 544 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View whitewulf's profile


423 posts in 1440 days

569 days ago

I found this old plane, a # 5 maybe, based on size. My new old stock Stanley blade & iron fit perfectly.

Adjustable frog fine adjustment knob, grooved sole. No markings at all. Properly Adjusted it works fine.

Missing centering lever and ?? Where should I look for spare parts? A drawing would be helpful if I have to make one.

Thanks in advance,


-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

4 replies so far

View racerglen's profile


2124 posts in 1283 days

#1 posted 566 days ago

How about just a picture Paul ?

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

View bandit571's profile


5400 posts in 1186 days

#2 posted 566 days ago

Is this it?

Before those planes got a LATERAL adjuster, the plane operator would tap the side of the iron with a small mallet/hammer to adjust the side to side. Used the same to set the depth of cut as well.

One could go looking on Ebay for a Frog as it is called. be sure that it matches the base you have. They run about $5-15 for a good one.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

View shampeon's profile


1071 posts in 686 days

#3 posted 566 days ago

Just to reiterate here, all #5 size frogs aren’t compatible. Stanley frogs won’t fit on Sargent bodies and vice versa, for example. Post a picture of your frog and body.

If your lateral adjuster is missing, as opposed to never having been there, you’re probably going to just have to buy a new frog, as repairing it will probably cost more than the replacement frog.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

View whitewulf's profile


423 posts in 1440 days

#4 posted 566 days ago

Appreciate the response. Trying to get pics, had to do some cleanup. The adjuster is just missing, I can use the plane as is, just thought I might try to complete it. I have several Woodies, am familiar with tapping to adjust. More to follow.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase