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Forum topic by ErikF posted 10-26-2013 09:12 PM 1047 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ErikF

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10-26-2013 09:12 PM

I picked this plane up at a flea market today and have a few questions about it. My main concern is finding a replacement tote because the original is damaged. Will a standard Stanley tote fit? The casting is raised where the tote attaches to the sole. Second concern, the iron seems to be put together for bevel up usage. I know this isn’t the way it is generally done and am wondering if the last owner didn’t know what they were doing. Any extra info on the piece would be welcome.

Thanks

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#1 posted 10-26-2013 09:18 PM

The G is for Gage, that should help you track down some info on how to use it.
The totes are interchangeable with pretty much any #5 sized jack plane out there.

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#2 posted 10-26-2013 09:36 PM

Thanks Joe

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#3 posted 10-26-2013 09:41 PM

Its Stanley made. It should be bevel down. I haven’t tried flipping totes, but if Joe says its interchangeable, its interchangeable.

Why not fit the one that’s one it?

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ErikF

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#4 posted 10-26-2013 09:47 PM

It has a a pretty bad break through the center…when I took it off to check things out it came off in two pieces. I have never done any tote repairs so I am looking for an easy and most of all a decent looking repair.

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#5 posted 10-26-2013 09:51 PM

If you can’t find a suitable replacement tote, may I suggest Bill Rittner. http://www.hardwarecitytools.com/

He makes knob and tote sets for Stanleys of all types. I purchased a set in cherry for my No 7 Bailey jointer plane a few months ago. Well worth his affordable prices for what you get. His blog, http://newbritainboy.wordpress.com/ is also well-written, informative, and interesting. I am sure there are cheaper ways to source a new tote, but none will make you happier to be planing than with one of Bill’s totes on board. Good luck!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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Don W

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#6 posted 10-26-2013 09:54 PM

I make them as well.

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MrFid

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#7 posted 10-26-2013 10:13 PM

Oh jeez. Didn’t mean to step on your toes there Don. Thanks for linking to your blog I’ll definitely start reading!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#8 posted 10-26-2013 10:29 PM

no toes stepped on here. believe it or not, its not a big money maker ;-)

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#9 posted 10-26-2013 10:42 PM

Don or Joe, How old is this plane?
I never saw one like this one before

-- Bert

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Don W

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#10 posted 10-26-2013 10:45 PM

between 1919 and 1934

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#11 posted 10-26-2013 10:46 PM

Thank you Don, what it a popular plane?
Why the different iron design?

-- Bert

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#12 posted 10-27-2013 12:46 AM

Will it really self adjust and continuously make piles of perfect curly shavings? ;-)

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#13 posted 10-27-2013 01:20 AM

They are pretty collectable and the asking price for them is more than normal bench planes. There is lots of info about repairing totes on this site and the web in general. Epoxy can be used to glue the halves back together. The top can be cut off, a piece of rosewood glued on and reshaped to match the original. If you do not feel like the hassle, you should be able to find a #5 parts plane.

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