Different type of jack plane??

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03-10-2013 09:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question plane refurbishing sharpening

While out on a short Rust Hunt the other day, picked up a little Jack Plane. Nice wood handles, nice brass adjuster wheel. Little rust, NO CRACKS in the iron castings.

Just under 14” long. The iron (another Mystery) is 2” wide. The plane seems to have a case of “One Bolt-itis” where IF one bolt will work, why add a second? Tote should have had a second bolt, like any other jack plane. Nope, just one. Took the plane apart, and found another case of the “One Bolts”.

Look at the frog. That’s right, one bolt is all they put in there. Support for the frog is two raised blocks for it to bear on, an round boss for the single bolt, and a nice wide flat near the mouth opening. There is that central rib there as well, but it’s job is to prevent the frog from twisting. Sole wsn’t too bad

Just some surface rust. Lever cap does have a spring under it. The lever cap is a bit rough, casting wise. Now, about that iron. On the underside ( non-show side)There is the remains of a Stanley “clipped corner box” logo. The chip breaker is at least as thick as the iron. Iron did have a flattenng issue, though. More a case of being clamped up way too long. There was a big hollow in the back. Managed to get most of it sanded away. Re-did the edge a bit, it was a “Reverse camber” in that the corners met any wood first, with the middle MAYBE touching later. Almost a “Molding plane” thing. Got a new straighter edge applied, sanded sharp, honed sharper

Might go back and put a Schwarz Camber on it, of about an 8” radius. Big, wide mouth, might be able to hog away the way a jack plane should. Handles might get a re-finish, as well. Just stained hardwood under the thick varnish. As for that red paint…... should it stay RED, or should it be a black paint job coming up???

Price for this little “Gem” of a jack plane? $8.00 + Tax. Should be fun to bring back to life…...

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#1 posted 03-10-2013 09:10 PM


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#2 posted 03-10-2013 09:21 PM

Wow, you know it’s a quality plane if they aren’t splurging for a second bolt.

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#3 posted 03-11-2013 12:50 AM

Ah, the ever popular Corsair!!

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#4 posted 03-11-2013 12:58 PM

And the infamous “Cyclops Frog”. That frog does not move, once the bolt is tight. Not much chatter, might just be the way I roughly sharpened it. Didn’t go all out, just redid the grind angle to 258, and a little stone work. Still might grind The Schwarz Camber on it. 8” radius? My other two jacks have a more or less straight edge.

As for that RED paint…...Maybe it will stay, maybe it won’t. Tote bolt is a tad too long, but that is easy to fix. iron is a thick one, though. Chip breaker is almost as thick. Lever cap could use a bit of polish, though. Whoever made it, wasn’t too concerned about frinding off casting marks. Guess I will wind up cleaning them off.

I do still have an OLD Great Neck Tote, the kind that is a black plastic, with the finger grips. It has a second hole for a bolt, like a “Normal” #5 tote. The Corsair doesn’t even have a place in the casting for the small, front bolt. Tote looks like about any other normal #4 tote. This one will take a bit of work, to get it ready for my shop.

$8 Jack Plane????

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#5 posted 03-11-2013 01:30 PM

Good buy for eight bucks! No e bay shipping costs either.

The Corsair is a decent Stanley wanna be plane, but it’s not a Stanley. Kinda like buying a Yamaha over a Harley, they both work great but….... it’s not a Harley.

But who cares, you got a hell of a deal and it’s in great shape! Excellent user.

I vote to see it repainted Metalic Red. Everyone has a gloss black Stanley. Restain the handles dark with a high gloss finish….. clean up the edges, scotch brite wheel all the parts and sides…....... hell yea.

but, that great brick… I mean break neck…..uh, well, nice boat anchor. ha!

Glad to see someone else having fun with these tools.

PS – Google the history of Stanley Tool co…. great story!

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#6 posted 03-12-2013 07:56 PM

Handles have been stripped back to bare wood.

One coat of that smelly BLO applied to each.

Counter-bore in tote cleaned out. Bolt is a little too long, will have to shorten it a little.

HAD a rattle can of red paint, SOMEWHERE in the shop. Will have to dig around to see IF it is still down there.

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#7 posted 03-12-2013 10:06 PM

Some new pictures.

test drive of the new cambered iron.

Handles with the new finish

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#8 posted 03-13-2013 05:18 PM

Cambered iron is done

Might need a little more stone work. Cambered was ground free-hand, just by eye. Does not take all that much to do. Back of the iron is now flat. It did have a nice big hollow to it. I can just make out the lines of a Stanley “Clipped corner’ logo. Brass wheel cleaned up nicely. It is just a tad loose on the threads, though.

It will work along side of the larger jack Plane

Maybe i should have the sides engraved, ala Chris Schwarz?

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#9 posted 03-30-2013 02:11 PM

Did you get around to painting it?
Hey, I was just kidding about the great neck boat anchor. I have one with yucky plastic handles that I never thought much of until last week end when my apprentice stopped by and wanted to refinish a hand plane too.

I gave it to him and he took it all apart, sandblasted and repainted it. The knobs had a little paint splatter but cleaned up nice. He said he likes the plastic handles better than wood….. go figure.

He called me this morning at 7:30 am, all excited and said he wants to come over to resurface the sides and assemble it. So that’s cool.

Hope everyone is having a great Easter weekend. Peace.

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#10 posted 03-30-2013 08:19 PM

Base is now painted up

and this jack is now in use as a cambered jack/scrub plane. Adjusting the depth is a bit tricky, but the plane removes a lot of rough wood, quickly.

I think I still have an old Great Neck plastic tote, somewhere in the shop. Mainly as a reminder what NOT to look for, LOL…

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

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