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Forum topic by JohnChung posted 08-01-2013 03:07 PM 680 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JohnChung

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08-01-2013 03:07 PM

I started looking at #4 after Paul Seller’s video. Before I bought it, I made sure the sole is flat but
the sides are not square which is fine since I don’t use it for shooting. The adjuster was NOT excellent
but good enough. The blade and the chipbreaker was sharpened. The first shavings weren’t excellent but
after closing the mouth it was capable of taking thin shavings.

I would give a modern stanley a chance since I have this plane. It is now my primary plane. Yes I still use
my wonder planes from LV and LN but this stanley isn’t too bad at all. I pretty much like it. But when the tough
gets going I reach from my LV LAJ. That has not failed me yet.

If you are able to inspect the modern stanley plane and ensure that ALL the important areas are flat and
the blade projection is true I say got for it. If you are up to the challenge then pick any modern stanley
and tune it.

BTW. The stanley new block planes…. I have doubts. The current version looks like a lot of work and probably not get it tuned up at the end.


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WayneC

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#1 posted 08-01-2013 03:17 PM

What does a new one cost these days?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 08-01-2013 03:44 PM

I got mine in Malaysia. USD 60-70. But amazon is carrying it at USD 50

http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-12-904-4-Inch-Contractor-Smooth/dp/B00004UDKV/ref=sr_1_3?s=power-hand-tools&ie=UTF8&qid=1375371638&sr=1-3

I am not sure of the OTHER stanley #4. But the Bailey version is what I tested

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#3 posted 08-01-2013 03:45 PM

Just my 2 cents worth.

I agree with being able to make it work John. It just doesn’t seem to make economical sense to me. You spend $50+\- on a new Stanley, spend a few hours on it to make it work, you now have a used plane worth $30 +\-.

If you did the same thing with a vintage, you could buy it for half that, put the same amount of time into it, and have a plane valued at $50-$60+\-. Plus it’s a better quality tool.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#4 posted 08-01-2013 04:23 PM

Don – Indeed if one wants to fix an old stanley this would not make much sense. Here is my thought on the new Stanley. Almost no rust. Minimal work if one “finds” a good modern stanley plane.

I actually did try to find an old stanley in Malaysia. Practically impossible to find one….... I did scout almost all the known location and found this bailey plane in a local DIY shop. After checking it I bought it. I do know that in US , UK and Australia?? the old stanley are vastly available. But for the rest of the world I believe this is not so.

So if you are out of luck getting an old stanley and come across a modern stanley. Check it out. It maybe a gem.

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#5 posted 08-01-2013 04:34 PM

I actually went to your profile before I posted to see where you were from. Had I seen Malaysia, I would have changed the wording. You are right, if you can’t get the vintage, its a possible approach.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#6 posted 08-01-2013 04:41 PM

Don – No problem. In Asia there are quite a few planes that are affordable like the MujingFang. But still not quite as easy to configure compared to a Bailey/Norris plane.

I still prefer western planes and japanese saws :)

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#7 posted 08-01-2013 04:46 PM

Your being in Malaysia puts it in context. If I make it back to Singapore, I will have to put a few old Stanleys in my suit case for you.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 08-01-2013 04:53 PM

If anyone comes to Malaysia and is willing to part with your precious old stanley, I will take them! I really do
find satisfaction reviving old tools and gear.

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#9 posted 08-01-2013 06:21 PM

They are very common here in the US. I make it to Singapore every so often. Nothing planned. Not sure how far you are away or what it might cost to mail from SGP.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 08-02-2013 01:28 AM

WayneC – I have a sister in Singapore. She can possibly receive the hand planes. Anyway thanks for the kind gesture.

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