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Forum topic by Neodogg posted 02-17-2009 03:48 PM 1386 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Neodogg

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02-17-2009 03:48 PM

Hey, well I was going through my G-pa’s old shop looking for various things to drag back to Ohio, I ran across this old Stanley plane. At first I didn’t think too much about and just put it a box with a bunch of other stuff. The other day I’m rooting around in the box and pull it out to examine it more closely. Huh a No 62 in my hand!

stanley 62

It looks like everything is there and working, just needs a little TLC, but then…I noticed a nice long crack on the left side by the blade opening!

62 crack

What do you guys think, does the crack render this great plane defunct and has gained a spot on the “historical” shelf, or can this plane still be used?

Thanks

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem!


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Craftsman on the lake

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#1 posted 02-17-2009 03:59 PM

Hmm… don’t know much about plane crack repair but I do weld. I’d think that a small bead with a mig welder at lower heat settings might fix it. At the least, if it’s just on the side, one or two small tacks. One at the top and one at the lower corner. Then a grinder to level them. An old tool like this is worth saving even if it’s just for the satisfaction of seeing it polished up on your work shelf. If you can’t find someone to do it try bringing it to your local High school shop class if they have welding. Most do. They’re often looking for a new challenge to ponder and talk about in class. They might also have some more advanced welding gear like tig that could do an even better job. Stress that they shouldn’t touch the plane bed though.
Let us know what transpires.

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Dadoo

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#2 posted 02-17-2009 10:25 PM

Ditto on that! Get it welded and clean it up as they look magnificent restored, and then put it back in service. Your grandpa would be proud!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Francisco Luna

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#3 posted 02-17-2009 11:01 PM

Probably one of the nicer planes Stanley ever made, plus it’s from your Grandpa!
Highly collectible, very pricey…...
Garrett Hack in his Hand Plane Book (here) gives some directions about this type of cracks, but your plane is all the way worthy to be keeped and restored

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#4 posted 02-17-2009 11:11 PM

i would look at getting it looked at by a pro or if your intent on doing it yourself maybe try and gas weld the crack the heat wont be so much as mig

andy

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woodbutcherer

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#5 posted 02-17-2009 11:36 PM

I would call it junk…and then drop it in the mail to me!

J.K. I have a real similar plane from my Grandpa’s collection. On mine, the lever cap was broken and brazed back together. I actually see the damage as a gift, because a No. 62 in great shape is too valluable to use, but a slightly damaged one makes a great user.

Get it fix and use it with pride!

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Francisco Luna

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#6 posted 02-17-2009 11:59 PM

I agree with woodbutcherer, plus a repaired tool is nicer, has character, a story to telll…....would be wise to storage the original blade and use a replacement.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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Neodogg

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#7 posted 11-23-2011 04:18 AM

Does anyone know where I can get a mouth adjustment lever?

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem!

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#8 posted 11-23-2011 04:39 AM

It’s not cheap, but there’s one on Ebay: here

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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