Stanley 60 1/2 with a big mouth...I think that the sole insert been filed?

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Forum topic by Bundoman posted 02-10-2014 05:20 AM 814 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2014 05:20 AM


I have this beat around 60 1/2 that was very unloved when I got it. It is a bit of a franken plane that I pieced back together in the shop with a later depth adjust knob. It also chipped mouth. I hoped to get it functional enough for a user in those rougher projects. I am a little bummed though as it seems to have a large mouth. It isn’t immediately evident to me in file marks etc. but I am assuming that the mouth insert has been modified. Or, am I all wet and this is normal. In comparing it to my other adjustable block planes, it seems odd to me. It is the only 60 1/2 that I have so looking for your knowledge on this one. Thanks…

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#1 posted 02-10-2014 01:23 PM

You have to put a blade in it and set it to approximate cutting depth first. Then you can tell if it’s been opened too much.

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#2 posted 02-10-2014 02:46 PM

Perhaps the mouth insert has been replaced with the mouth insert of another similar plane, and it differs in size. That a nice chunk out of the bed there, maybe when that happened, the original insert was also damaged. Perhaps the fix was either to file back the insert, or replace it.

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#3 posted 02-11-2014 01:23 AM

I really meant to have this picture of the blade loaded last night. This one really tells the tale of what I am asking. The tightest the throat will get with a light shaving and the gap is between 1/8 and 3/16 inch inch at this setting. I really am thinking that the insert may have been swapped or filed. The damage to the insert when the throat was chipped could be a viable reason. Sorry I left this picture out last night. Appreciate the thoughts and comments… Brent

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#4 posted 02-11-2014 01:32 AM

Yes, it’s been modified. Possibly the sole side was filed to lessen the appearance of that chip…

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#5 posted 02-11-2014 01:34 AM

I’m pretty sure all of the Stanley inserts had a lip or step on them on the mouth end, which mean either yours have been filed flat or replaced like Ed said.

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#6 posted 02-11-2014 02:22 AM

Thanks all for the input. The news is as I suspected. This old bugger is obviously not the best. You should have seen it when I got it! I will be on the lookout for a good replacement. I am not long on low angle block planes in the shop, so I was trying to force this one back into service for just a little longer. I see a lot of standard angle planes but the low angle models show up less frequently for me. A better one will come along if I am a patient grasshopper. Brent

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