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Forum topic by jonah posted 10-04-2013 10:45 PM 799 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jonah

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10-04-2013 10:45 PM

I picked up an old Stanley Number 6 Type 6 bench plane recently, and I’m trying to figure out what to do with it. It’s not in spectacular shape, and I know #6’s aren’t typically that valuable as collector pieces (or user planes for that matter). The plane also has a couple of holes drilled into the side of the bottom casting, where presumably the owner hung it up.

Should I clean it up, flatten the sole and make it a user, or should I sell it/ditch it and look for a Type 11-15 to use? How good do Type 6’s do as user planes? They lack a frog adjustment screw, for one thing.


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#1 posted 10-04-2013 10:56 PM

A type 6 will make a fine user. The only difference you’d get in a type 10-15 is a frog adjustment screw. In my opinion, the frog adjustment screw is cool, but doesn’t really effect its usefulness.

And I use my 6 size planes all the time. I wouldn’t part with mine.

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#2 posted 10-04-2013 10:57 PM

oh, and we’ll need pictures of course!!

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#3 posted 10-04-2013 10:59 PM

Can’t speak to a type 6 per se. But my Type 12 No. 6 is a great user plane and I use it often.

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#4 posted 10-04-2013 11:03 PM

+1 to Don. Anyone who fiddles with their frog so much they need a screw, probably shouldn’t be using hand planes.

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#5 posted 10-04-2013 11:17 PM

JustJoe, grooooan!

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#6 posted 10-04-2013 11:19 PM

I should probably have proof-read that before hitting the “post” button.

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#7 posted 10-04-2013 11:28 PM

Thanks for the replies.

Does the revised frog design (not talking about the adjustment screw but the receiver and the rest of the part) that started with the type 9’s make any practical difference in how it behaves? All of my other bench planes are type 11 or newer, so I’ve never used an older one.

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#8 posted 10-04-2013 11:43 PM

I’ve never seen a difference.

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#9 posted 10-05-2013 12:05 AM

Like Terry, I can’t speak for type 6’s, but I have two #6 size and use them often. My 606 is still my favorite plane to use. It works fabulously for jointing shorter boards and flattening panels.

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#10 posted 10-05-2013 12:09 AM

Oh, and my feeling on the frog adjustment screw is that they do help you make small changes when getting the frog set the first time, but that’s it. Once a frog is set, I’ve never had to change one.

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