|Forum topic by bandit571||posted 03-10-2013 09:01 PM||1527 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
03-10-2013 09:01 PM
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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