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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 06-08-2015 01:44 PM 1335 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past weekend was yard sale heaven in Castle Rock. The local HOAs sponsor an annual ‘Neighborhood Yard Sale Event’, so there were wares in abundance.

I managed to hit vintage tool pay-dirt at one of these sales, finding not one, but two #5 jack planes.

One is a Stanley with corrugated sole…

...and the other is a Lakeside, also with corrugated sole.

Sadly the Stanley bears a hefty crack on one side of the sole, so it is basically a door stop. I picked it up only for the tote.

This was necessary because the Lakeside has a broken tote, and the one from the Stanley is a perfect fit.

End result – out of the two planes, I will be able to put together a good user. I finally have a jack plane in my hand tool arsenal, all for the mere sum of $12 and a little fettling work.

I will post some pics of the finished Lakeside.

-- Ed

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#1 posted 06-08-2015 02:44 PM

Nice finds! Gotta love those neighborhood Garage Sales.
Also keep the rest of the parts from that Stanley, you never know when you will find a #5 with a good sole that you can use with those parts as #5’s are pretty common.

-- Just making sawdust

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#2 posted 06-08-2015 04:30 PM

Oh yeah, never toss anything that can be used as parts, I’ve gradually worked my way through a #5 that had been in a fire, the body was too warped for use as a plane but it became (once screwed to a 2×4 ) a jig to hold totes and knobs etc while refinishing while the rest of the screws etc are on to another life on various planes. Don’t forget there are many Stanley planes that use the same screws, they aren’t unique to the #5

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 06-08-2015 06:09 PM

Are you sure that that Lakeside #5 is really a Lakeside? I’m not sure how Lakesides were marked but the “05”
was frequently used by Ohio Tool Co. Could it be a replacement blade?

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#4 posted 06-08-2015 06:21 PM

Nice find, Ed! Does the crack go into the sole or the mouth? It can be braised. Won’t look pretty, but it may still be a good user. I have a Millers Falls with a similar crack that actually did go into the mouth repaired this way. It works just fine.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 06-08-2015 07:17 PM

You raised a very good question…even though the iron says Lakeside, it might not necessarily be a Lakeside plane body. I will have to look a little closer and do some research when I get it dis-assembled.

Candy , good point. It doesn’t appear that the crack extends all the way to the sole surface, so it probably can be repaired. If that’s the case I got me a fine plane for $2 !!
That would be fine with me, as I would like to have a second jack to use with shooting boards.

-- Ed

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#6 posted 06-09-2015 12:17 AM

That broken tote should glue up nicely. No need to toss that.

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#7 posted 06-26-2015 12:28 PM

For twelve bucks…I would consider that a frugal win-win scenario. Well done.

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#8 posted 06-26-2015 05:26 PM

Nice find. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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