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Forum topic by TheWoodenOyster posted 04-06-2014 07:41 PM 1087 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TheWoodenOyster

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04-06-2014 07:41 PM

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Hey everyone,

My mom snagged this wood body plane for me at a town fair last week. It looks like a Stanley No. 127? It looks to be in pretty good conditions and took a decent cut after I put an edge on the iron. I have tuned up some metal body planes, but never a wooden body. I am looking to make this a user, and I am not really concerned about aesthetics. Any tips on getting this plane tuned up?

Can I flatten the sole on a jointer? (I think the body is beech)

Any other cool info about this plane?

Thanks again everyone

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster


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Don W

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#1 posted 04-06-2014 09:11 PM

take a look on supertool.com for some info. That’s in nice shape and you are correct, the body is beech.

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#2 posted 04-07-2014 11:37 PM

What a nice MOM….......... Thanks MOM

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#3 posted 04-08-2014 01:33 AM

”Can I flatten the sole on a jointer? (I think the body is beech)”

Yes, but be forewarned, because of the way it is built, you will be widening the mouth as you remove material from the sole.
Why are you trying to flatten the sole?

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#4 posted 04-09-2014 01:00 AM

It has a lot of gouges in it and it isn’t flat.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#5 posted 04-09-2014 02:17 AM

Back the cutter as far back into the plane as you can. Have everything clamped up like it was being used on a board. Again, make sure that there isn’t any part of the cutter even near the bottomof the plane. Set the jointer to take as thin a shaving as you can, lighter the better. Turn jointer on. Push the plane through as if you were planning a board. Check the sole after each pass, do not go any further than absolutely needed. Turn jointer off.

WAX the sole when done. Beeswax will do nicely.

Used to have a Stanley #129, just a few inches longer than yours.

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#6 posted 04-09-2014 02:54 AM

Thanks for the tips bandit

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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