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Forum topic by Mark posted 07-28-2013 04:04 PM 629 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-28-2013 04:04 PM

I picked up a Stanley #6 at the local swap meet today. $18 not to bad a shape. Totes tight, and there doesn’t seem to be any slop in the adjustment screw. I’m looking for a refurbish 101. Could some one point me in the right direction?
Thanks. Mark

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#1 posted 07-28-2013 04:15 PM

Here is mine.

You got a pretty good deal. That looks in nice shape.

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#2 posted 07-28-2013 08:22 PM

It doesn’t look like there is much to do on it except de-rust and sharpen. You got a good deal.

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#3 posted 07-29-2013 03:29 AM

Thank you gents. I followed your link Don. Wow! That looked like a job. Damn nice recovery. I was looking at the blade latter today and when I put a square on the edge I saw there was a fair curve to it. I’m assuming the previous owner tried to make a scrub plane out of it. From what I’ve read a scrub plane is a fair bit shorter and the blade is quite a bit thicker? This being a 2 3/8 blade I’m thinkin’ I’m looking for real fine shavings…Yes?

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#4 posted 07-29-2013 03:37 AM

Here is mine.

Agree with Don and Bondo. I am sure that Don’s blog will be more informative than mine though; he’s very good.

Also of note is this website, with which I am not affiliated, but was very helpful to me when just starting out. Always worth tossing out a question specifically to us as you run across them. There are lots of very sharp people on this site.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#5 posted 07-29-2013 03:39 AM

ps I am jealous of the natural light in your shop. Looks so out of place to me who is relegated to the basement. :)

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#6 posted 07-29-2013 03:40 AM

Welcome to the slippery slope.

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#7 posted 07-29-2013 04:15 PM

Afraid my #6 was a little more involved than just a make over, a broken in two DE6c. I might have it about right

Just takes awhile…..

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#8 posted 07-29-2013 04:41 PM

I was looking at the blade later today and when I put a square on the edge I saw there was a fair curve to it. . . . . This being a 2 3/8 blade I’m thinkin’ I’m looking for real fine shavings…Yes?

Depends on how you want to use it. I have two #6 size planes. One is set up as a fore plane. (Called that because it was used first, before any of the other planes) A fore plane will have a cambered iron (the curve you are talking about is called a camber in plane-speak) and a wide open mouth to take thick shavings. This allows the user to quickly plane off the rough sawn layer of a board or plane to a specific dimension. A scrub plane does a similar task, but is a smaller plane with a much heavier camber. My understanding is that fore planes came from the English woodworking tradition and scrubs from more of a German tradition to both accomplish the same task.

My other #6 size is set up as a short jointer with the blade sharpened square and the corners eased just enough to prevent tracks. The mouth on this one is much tighter because it takes finer shavings.

So how are you planning on using your #6? That will tell you how it needs to be set up and whether or not to keep the camber on the iron.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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