Trying to restore Stanley #9 1/4

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Forum topic by tyler posted 03-16-2015 02:43 PM 530 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2015 02:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: block plane plane restoration plane help stanley stanley 9 14

Hello there everyone. This is my first post on here although I have read many of different topics and threads. I come to you all for help though.
Now I know there is probably a topic on this but nothing came up in the search through 7 pages of google and over 3,000 topics on here is a little to much to look through.
I recently purchased my first plane from an antique shop in town. (have had old wood planes in the past) I knew it was a Stanley block plane but could not verify the model until i got home and rubbed a little rust off. Come to find out it is a Stanley #9 1/4 with the letter U and number 1 on the plane body underneath the iron. So this is where you all come in.
I got it home and started seeing exactly how it worked before starting the restoration but started to get quite confused. Basically I’m asking exactly how everything on this plane works. For example, when I try to use the lateral adjustment lever with the plane all assembled it doesn’t move easily. there is a little gap about 1/32” where the lateral adjustment wheel hits the iron so there is a little play in the lever, would that effect it? The plane looks to have all of the original parts and in pretty good condition. (no pitting, cracks, gouges, or any of that) So I would like the know how exactly this plane works. How to set it up, how to use the adjustments, even restoration tips.
Pictures will be posted in the morning.

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#1 posted 03-16-2015 03:17 PM

I wouldn’t sweat the slop in the lateral adjuster. If its really hard to move back off the cap screw just a bit so you can skew the iron straight.

The little adjustment wheel at the rear of the plane will set the depth of the iron.

I believe that there is also a mouth adjustment on a 9 1/4. Open mouth for thicker shavings, closed mouth for thinner shavings.

As to refurbishing the plane. Remove rust any which way you deem fit. Electrolysis, evaporust, sand paper, wire wheel …. whatever floats your boat. Check the sole of the plane for flatness and lap the sole if required. I wouldn’t sweat the sides. They don’t need to be 90 degrees. Sharpen your iron as sharp as you can make it. Reassemble and give her a test drive.

That ought to be a good start and we’ll help you from there if you aren’t having any luck.

Also … pictures. We like pictures. Lots of pictures.

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#2 posted 03-16-2015 03:26 PM

The 9-1/4 do not have an adjustable mouth, but, they do decent enough work as is

and the 9-1/2

Happen to have both the 9-1/4 and a couple 9-1/2s

Decent little planes.

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#3 posted 03-16-2015 03:57 PM

Ok, went and pictured a few of these little planes

Left to right: 9-1/2 Excelzier (sp), 9-1/2 Knuckle capped Columbia brand, and a Stanley #9-1/4.

Note the front ends, The 9-1/4 uses the brass knob, but has no adjustments. They seem to work ok

The 9-1/4, and


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