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Forum topic by KellyS posted 08-31-2009 01:21 AM 824 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KellyS

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08-31-2009 01:21 AM

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It’s a rainy day here in Atlanta, so I’m experiencing a rain delay on my workbench project. Instead, I’ve spent a little time with the misses, scratched the dog a little and played around with some of my flea market finds from a week ago. I bought a Stanley #3 Bailey plane for $20.00. I think I got a pretty good deal. The best I can tell it’s somewhere around a 1902 model. I sharpened the iron and wanted to make a pass or two with it, but the iron pretty much fills up the whole throat of the plane before I can advance it enough to cut. I don’t understand, I’ve adjusted the frog back trying to open it up, I even adjusted it forward (which would make it worse, but I just wanted to make sure), but it’s still full of iron. I looked an another one I have, a No. 4 and the throat on it is much bigger. About .22” vs. .16”. I think I heard or read somewhere about filing the throat of the plane to open it up, but I really hate to do that, the plane is in pretty good shape, seems wrong to me. The sole is scratched up a lot, but the tote and knob are in really good shape, I don’t want to bastardize it. The iron seems a little thicker that some of the others I have to, I checked it with the calipers too, .088” roughly, I guess, that thick and at that angle, it doesn’t take much to fill up such a narrow slot. iAny thoughts or ideas?

Thanks for the help.
Kelly


-- He who dies with the most tools wins!.....Just wait, I'm going to win!..ERR my wife will at least.


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#1 posted 08-31-2009 01:31 PM

I would make sure that the iron and breaker are honed & set up properly. When you install the breaker on the iron, the breaker is typically set back from the edge about a 1/16” or so. After you’ve tightened it down, hold it up to the light and see if you can see any light between the two. If you can, then that needs to be fixed first before you go any further. Sometimes the throat needs to be opened up, but one thing I would look at is whether or not the iron in question actually goes with that particular plane. Try another iron that is set up properly and see what results you get.

-- Sam

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#2 posted 08-31-2009 01:59 PM

Thanks. I have the breaker set at about 1/32”-1/16” from the edge, so I believe I have it set up right. I’ll check for gaps again, but I think that is good to. You might be right, it may not be the right iron. Like I said, I’,m pretty sure it’s thicker than some of the others I have and it looks much newer than the plane body. I’ll look around for another one. I bought a whole tool box of planes and parts for $10.00. I eve got a pretty nice No. 5 with a corrugated sole and I noticed a Sweetheart iron in the box too. I bet I have another iron. I wouldn’t be suprised if it was a mismatch or something that somebody put together to sell. At first, I thought it had the wrong frog in it, but I checked the lateral adjustment lever, and it has Stanley stamped into it and it fits really well. I’ll check it out a little more tonight and see and report back.
Thanks again.
Kelly

-- He who dies with the most tools wins!.....Just wait, I'm going to win!..ERR my wife will at least.

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