|Forum topic by KevinBlair||posted 158 days ago||794 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
158 days ago
Hi everyone, I have two hand planes about which I can use some advise. Hopefully the pictures come through.
The first is an old Stanley no 5. A flea market find with a fair amount of rust. I cleaned off the rust and then started to flatten the sole with 100 grit, then 150 grit sandpaper. The pictures show where I am at; a flat sole with a fair amount of pitting. I am not sure whether this plane can be saved. I would say the deepest pitting is maybe 1/32 or more deep. I have an excellent Millers Falls no. 14, which is equivalent to the Stanley 5, so not a huge loss if it cannot be saved. Still, it would be nice to bring it back if I can. What happens if I continue to grind away at the sole and remove all of the pitting? Can I use a friend’s stationary belt sander? Can I go with a heavier grit (maybe all the way to 50)?
The second one is a “no name” plane. “Made in the USA” is the only marking. It is about 9” long and 2 1/8” wide. Not a Stanley and probably not Millers Falls as despite the red cap it doesn’t seem to match any of the dimensions on oldtoolheaven.com web pages for Millers Falls planes. It seems well made, despite not having any markings.
Regardless of the maker, I cannot seem to get this plane adjusted properly. The iron is sharp and at a 30 degree bevel with no secondary bevel. The plane seems designed for a fairly steep angle of cut, as compared to my Stanley no. 4. With the frog pulled back as far as possible and the iron adjusted to the smallest depth of cut possible (i.e., the depth adjustment screw turned as far as possible to make the shallowest cut), I can get it to cut, but not smoothly and this doesn’t seem right to me as I have no ability to make any further adjustments. I have played around with the frog, the chip breaker, the adjustment screw, etc., but to no avail. Any ideas would be welcome.