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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-17-2018, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Hello fellows, I was browsing through a local Thrift store here in Bangor and found this. Paid $3 for it, so if it can't be fix'd up, no real loss. Can't see a brand name anywhere, only "Made in the USA" on the base plate (4th picture), under the blade and in front of the rear handle. Small crack in the rear of the back handle. I'm thinking I can put some glue in it and clamp it, or fill it, or just let it be. Thanks to fire65 for posting his reno's. I probably would have passed over this had I not seen his posts. Is there anyway to tell if it's worth rebuilding?

The (presumed) adjustment wheel is rusted to the bolt. It & the bolt turn freely, but don't seem to do anything. Does that mean the threads are stripped where it goes into the blade? This is the first time I've ever actually looked closely at a plane. This will be a learning process! Any input will be greatly appreciated.

I found this on you tube, looks like an exact match.

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Quenten, you bought it so you already had it in your mind to restore it, ((I think)). I would go ahead and try to restore it. Just go to your shop and relax and go to work.

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I would restore it and make a new tote..
or replace it...
repairs to totes seldom work out well
there's a zillion replacement parts for hand planes..

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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I would definitely give it a go, nothing to lose and you will learn a lot in the process. Throw it in a gallon of vinegar and go from there. On cracks like that I usually just blow the dust out of them and fill them with super glue then sand and finish as usual.
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Thanks guys, gonna give it a go.
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Thanks guys, gonna give it a go.
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If the adjusting wheel stud is turning, then you will have a problem with that because its screwed into the cast iron body of the plane.

Do your best to save the wheel and stud though because they are not normal threads and although those parts can be found, they will cost you more than you paid for the plane.

Theres a strong demand for old Stanley planes. You could sell it on as is and make a profit.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/STANLEY-BAI...UAAOSw3Z9aqr81
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Show us your results when it is finished Quenten
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Quentin:


"The (presumed) adjustment wheel is rusted to the bolt. It & the bolt turn freely, but don't seem to do anything. Does that mean the threads are stripped where it goes into the blade? "

The adjustment wheel doesn't thread into the iron (blade). If it did, the iron wouldn't be able to be adjusted. What adjusts the depth of cut (by moving the iron up and down) is the yoke that pivots as the wheel is turned, thereby moving the iron.
If the adjustment wheel is turning, but not doing anything, check to see if the blade is rusted to the frog, or see if the yoke (looks like a spur that sits over the adjustment wheel) is not frozen. The blade (iron) should move up or down as you turn the wheel.

I've read a lot about Stanley hand planes (I have several, including a couple of Baileys, as well as an old Millers Falls). If you want to do some reading, I suggest you check out this site: The Superior Works - Patrick's Blood & Gore: Preface

My Stanley's all have markings on them. The plane number (size) is behind the tote and the name, either Stanley, or Bailey, is in front of the knob and the lateral adjustment lever usually has "Stanley" stamped on it. I don't see any markings on the plane in your pictures, so I'm not sure it's a Stanley.

Since you only paid $3, you could spend some time restoring it - if nothing else, you will learn a lot about the process and the plane. You might get a decent user out of it if that is what you're looking for, but I don't believe that plane to be worth much (sorry @sunnybob ).

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Like Vince said, if it was a Stanley it should be easy to read that on it. Most planes were modeled after the Stanleys and some were pretty good copies. Lee Valley and Lie Neilsen are still copies of Stanleys but they have applied better machining and improved on a few shortcomings.

DON'T try to adjust the blade again until you get the rust off. You might wind up stripping the threads. I think LV sells new totes (the rear handle) and they sell some new blades for them. You'll need to get the blade on it flat and smooth and also the contact area of the chip breaker. Some sheets of different grits of silicon carbide sandpaper would be one way to do it. Just lay the sheets on a bench and start rubbing rusty parts around on them. The vinegar trick might get you along a little faster and some loosening chemical on the adjuster wheel and just keep adding until it can be turned.
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