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:
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