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Forum topic by Chinitorama posted 05-15-2009 07:46 AM 887 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chinitorama

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05-15-2009 07:46 AM

Hi all,

I was fortunate enough to get my first Stanley Bedrock off Ebay. I’ve collected vintage planes for a while and all the seller’s pics looked good. However, when my new plane arrived I found a small hole in the top of the frog behind the lever cap retaining screw. Is my new plane destined to be a rosewood-toted paperweight? The hole looks like a void in the frog’s casting and there also appears to be tiny cracks leading to the machined surface. Kinda scared it will break behind the screw when the plane is in use.
Seen many good posts about refurbishing old planes on this site and trust your advice. Here are some pics of the area in question:

bedrock frog
frog

Thanks in advance,

-J.


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 05-15-2009 07:50 AM

It will surly effect the value

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Chinitorama

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#2 posted 05-15-2009 07:54 AM

Jim,

It’s not so much the value I’m concerned about. I bought this plane to use in my shop. My question’s more about the structural integrity of the metal behind the retaining screw. It’s a shame really as the rest of the plane is fine. :(

-J.

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knotscott

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#3 posted 05-15-2009 07:09 PM

It shouldn’t make any difference. The hole is in the recess that accommodates the large screw head that holds the cap iron to the iron. Worth a try anyway!

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HokieMojo

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#4 posted 05-15-2009 07:25 PM

the best way to find out is to try. If you don’t want to, send it my way. I’m sure it is better than anything I’ve got thus far. it really does look cosmetic only.

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PurpLev

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#5 posted 05-15-2009 07:33 PM

doesnt look like anything functional-related. as long as the sole is in good condition, throat is straight and chipless, and you have a decent blade on it – you should be good to go.

you can always find other’s here on LJ that would gladly take that off your hand, so you don’t have to worry about it (me included) .... lol

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Francisco Luna

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#6 posted 05-15-2009 07:52 PM

That’s the result when the hole for the threaded-rod in the opposie side was made. Nothing to be worry about, I have seen it many times, even in my #3.

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Chinitorama

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#7 posted 05-16-2009 09:59 PM

Moai,

Thanks for posting the pic! Just what I needed to see. Sorry to dissapoint you all by deciding the Bedrock stays with me. lol
After a couple of minutes on my diamond stones the blade was sharp enough for a test run. I gave it a shot on a scrap of tiger maple:

Pretty sweet!

-J.

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#8 posted 05-17-2009 06:40 PM

The plane of planes! glad to hear you are keeping the tool!

-- 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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