History on a Bedrock 608 Jointer Plane

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Forum topic by frosty50 posted 12-21-2012 09:20 PM 1774 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2012 09:20 PM

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

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#1 posted 12-21-2012 11:02 PM

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.

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#2 posted 12-22-2012 01:33 AM

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.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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