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Forum topic by jacobem3 posted 06-19-2014 02:43 AM 516 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jacobem3

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06-19-2014 02:43 AM

I just won this auction for a Stanley #5, made in USA, for $41 shipped:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Old-Bailey-Stanley-No-5-Adjustable-Jack-Plane-Smooth-Bottom-Wood-Handles-/231256826603

It looks pretty old to me and the steel is very dark and discolored but there doesn’t appear to be any rust. I still have more research to do. I’m not trying to be a master woodworker, my short term goal is to be able to straighten twisted and bowed lumber, which I seem to get a lot of at the local home centers. My last project (a dryer pedestal) didn’t turn out very well for a few reasons I think:
- twisted lumber
- I didn’t have a flat assembly surface to work with
- general inexperience

I have a copy of The Handplane Book on my Kindle but I haven’t finished reading it yet.

I also plan to get a proper cabinet table saw once we move into a larger place.

Am I on the right track?


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jacobem3

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#1 posted 06-19-2014 02:48 AM

The next thing on my list is some kind of sharpening system. I’ve been watching Paul Sellers videos on Youtube about flattening and sharpening.

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ColonelTravis

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#2 posted 06-19-2014 02:58 AM

Well, you’re on a track alright. Are you married?

Looks like a Type 17 (WWII-era) that some people frown on. But do not fret over that – one of my jacks is a Type 17 and I love it because the casting is heavier and the refinished handles came out a great warm gold/brown color. My adjuster was steel (same with rest of the hardware), I had some extra parts, switched them out for brass. Also had to ditch the blade for a Hock, it was not salvageable, so basically I have a Type 17 plane that isn’t a Type 17. Nonetheless I love it.

Welcome to the sickness – impossible to cure, not that it’s a bad thing.

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#3 posted 06-19-2014 03:07 AM

Woodworking is a journey, and you have taken the right first step into an absorbing pastime, fixing good used tools. Then comes learning how wood goes together in a myriad of joinery. And then comes the challenge of finishing, and all the options that involves, you have a lifetime of learning ahead, enjoy!!!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#4 posted 06-19-2014 03:10 AM

I’m happily divorced. It’s just me and my 13 year old son. He is very interested in woodworking too (among other things, we recently joined a local blacksmithing group at his request).

I have some furniture projects in mind but I don’t expect to make anything “furniture grade” soon. Washer/dryer pedestals, a floating (hidden) bedframe, legs for a concrete table, etc. I’ll be very happy if I can just get my joints to come out square.

Are the adjustment knobs and other brass vs. steel parts all interchangeable? I was assuming I might need to replace the plane iron, but I’m not sure yet how to tell which size/type to get if I need one.

I was planning to get the course/fine/super-fine diamond plate set like Paul Sellers recommended. Even with those it will still be cheaper than the cost of a new high end plane.

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#5 posted 06-19-2014 03:26 AM

Nice hand plane. If you live near Chicago there is a person on CL selling an old NO 7 for $50. The pair would be all you need to flatten boards.

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ColonelTravis

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#6 posted 06-19-2014 03:39 AM

Yeah, sometimes parts can be swapped out, sometimes not. The adjuster nut would be an easy substitution. One time I bought a junk plane for the frog and it was one of those frogs that had a little notch where it sits in the base and that notch is not very big but it will not fit certain types because of it, which I didn’t notice at the time. Live and learn.

I try to salvage all my blades, on rare occasions it’s just not possible. Same with the chip breaker. Makes me mad when they’re so pitted and useless and I can’t fix them up. If you have to replace your No. 5 blade, it’s a 2”, which is the same size for a No. 4.

That’s great your son is interested. I wish I had learned at his age.

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#7 posted 06-19-2014 03:46 AM

You are definitely on the right track with Paul Sellers sharpening. Took me 2 years and a lot of frustration to find his sharpening technique. I love it and will never go back.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#8 posted 06-19-2014 10:34 AM

Good luck with your new plane. You’ll want to camber the cutter if you’re flattening with it.

As tigerwood said, you’ll then want a jointer to smooth and flatten it.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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