History on a Bedrock 608 Jointer Plane

  • Advertise with us

« back to Hand Tools forum

Forum topic by frosty50 posted 608 days ago 925 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View frosty50's profile


25 posts in 973 days

608 days ago

I purchase several years ago a Bedrock 608 jointer plane. I now that Stanley has one but it is stamped “Stanley Bedrock 608”. Te one I purchased only has the Bedrock 608 on it. I have torn it down, dressed the sole and ground and sharpen the blade. I have used it several times on different projects but lnow about the history of this on.

I also purchased a Stanley 26 plane later on the sole (body) of the plane is wood. My question is how come the sole of the plane is convex, I haven’t determined the radius as of yet. When I looked in up on line I could not find an explanation for this. I am thinking of planing the sole flat, should I do this or will it affect the value of the plane and its operation.

-- frosty

2 replies so far

View MichaelR's profile


42 posts in 1055 days

#1 posted 608 days ago

As for the 608, look through Bob Kaune’s type study.

The #26 should not have a convex sole. It’s not a particularly collectible plane so flattening the sole seems necessary if you want to use it. Even as a collectible, it’s current condition is not desireable.

View Don W's profile (online now)

Don W

14829 posts in 1193 days

#2 posted 608 days ago

Also read about the bedrocks here

As Michael stated, the 26 didn’t typically have a convex sole but it was common for a craftsman to modify them for a special purpose such as planing a radius.

The 26 is pretty common, so you can go ahead and flatten it, but you may have to tighten the mouth by adding a new piece on the sole. Dan did a couple good blogs that will yep.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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