Repairing a Cracked body on a user plane.

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Forum topic by sIKE posted 03-11-2009 09:27 PM 1814 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2009 09:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question plane refurbishing

I picked up a Stanley #5 off e-bay a while back. Examined closely upon recipt and didn’t notice any major flaws at that time. It was rusty and well used but looked like it could be returned to a usable state with a some TLC. Flash forward a couple of weeks I started the cleaning process. After I soaked it in Evapo-Rust I discovered a crack in the body running from the mouth up the side. To late to return it and I just set it aside for now. So I have this #5 body sitting around doing nothing and I am trying to figure out what to do with it…..

Is it feasable to repair this crack? If so what approach? Welding (Mig/Tig?)? Soldering? JB Weld?


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#1 posted 03-12-2009 03:05 AM

Just bumping the topic…

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#2 posted 03-12-2009 03:45 AM

The Handplane Book, pag 252, shows some repaired planes and gives some tips about repairs (. Planes that I have seen with repairs have a yellow welding, Oxy-Acetylene Welding. I would suggest to take the casting with a welder, he knows the best type of welding for this case.

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#3 posted 03-12-2009 03:46 AM

Try J B Weld. If its just a crack you should be able to fix it with that. Home Depot

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#4 posted 03-13-2009 03:45 AM

Silver brazing would be best, capilary action does wonders to ensure everything is covered.

2nd best option would be brass brazing IMO. Tig is way too hot for something this size and I don’t think MIG has anything with a high enough nickel content to work well with cast, warping would also be an issue. With brazing you don’t go near the bad temps.

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