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Reworking a Stanley 60 1/2 low angle block plane

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Blog entry by Tim Dahn posted 481 days ago 2065 reads 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This plane has been my favorite tool in the shop, I love the size and weight, it just feels good in the hand. It’s always on my bench and it gets used on every project. Reading on Super Tool it seems to be a WWII era as these models sometimes don’t have the Hand-y grip milled into their sides.

You can see the cam lock is missing, I had been using a screw with a brass knob to tighten the lever cap.

Sadly the Depth adjustment mechanism has been getting loose as you can see here. This is usually renders the plane useless. The original adjustment mechanism was a poor design and the iron body was not a good choice to have a screw repeatedly turned in or out.

Not wanting to give up on this plane, here is what I came up with.

First I drilled out the stripped adjustment screw hole, this is really pushing the limits of the block but it worked.

Then tapped it with new 1/4-28 threads to accept the new depth adjustment screw.

Next I installed a new screw, a lock nut will be added to prevent the screw from turning in the plane body, and hopefully keep the adjustment mechanism rigid.

This was a good opportunity to repaint the body and add a new lie nielsen iron and adjusting knob. BLING!

While fettling the body a bit here and there to be sure the new iron was seating good I addressed another minor problem with this plane and that is side to side adjustment. So after some more drilling and tapping I added side adjustment screws, this time thanks to Vertias. BLING! BLING!

Well after all this I could not put the same old cobbled together knob for the lever cap so I found this cocobolo infilled knob from Bridge city tools. more BLING!

Here it is completed.

What a difference this made to this plane, and I am so happy to have this favorite tool back in service…only better now!

And the obligatory full width shavings from Cherry

Well I hope you enjoyed the results of my Saturday afternoon in the shop, thanks for having a look.

My new old Stanley-Lie Neilsen-Veritas-Bridge City Tools 60 1/2 Low angle block plane:

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.



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felkadelic

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#1 posted 481 days ago

Absolutely fantastic!

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BTimmons

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#2 posted 481 days ago

Holy smokes. That old thing is suddenly nicer than it has any right to be! Great job.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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cpd011

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#3 posted 481 days ago

Love it. Nice work.

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Tugboater78

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#4 posted 481 days ago

Thats a sweet rehab!

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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jap

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#5 posted 481 days ago

slick job

-- Joel

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 481 days ago

Taking a tool, and really making it yours, is very satisfying. That is a beautiful job, Tim. and it fits your way of working. Bet that is one you never discard or sell.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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stefang

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#7 posted 481 days ago

Great work Tim. It just shows how a little ingenuity can make tools sing. I have this same block plane and I too use it a lot and for a lot of different types of work. It’s my favorite too because it never lets me down.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Marty5965

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#8 posted 481 days ago

Really nice job. I have one I got on eBay I may have to follow your lead and give it a serious face lift. Thanks for sharing.

-- Marty, Columbus, OH, learning every day....

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Don W

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#9 posted 481 days ago

Damn that is sweet.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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racerglen

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#10 posted 481 days ago

Very nice work and nicer adaptations !

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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JayT

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#11 posted 481 days ago

Holy upgrades, Batman! Very cool.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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Karson

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#12 posted 481 days ago

great refirb er Rebuild.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Don Broussard

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#13 posted 480 days ago

Very nice, Tim. I really like the side adjustments—that is very cool. The cocobolo is like putting a tie on to look just a bit extra dressed up.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Tim Dahn

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#14 posted 480 days ago

Thanks everyone, it was a fun and satisfying re-work. Now it is a joy to use as well.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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StephenPrunier

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#15 posted 480 days ago

Beautiful job!

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