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Forum topic by saltfly posted 01-19-2017 09:45 PM 769 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2017 09:45 PM

I found a interesting plane today. Its a cross over, but I couldn’t find a name that was ledge able. I could only read a 76 , which was marked on the lever cap. I have a Stanley #35 which I really like and this looked very much like it. Except where the #35 has a metal step that matches the wood step to mount the tote. This has only a step in the wood and the tote is mounted to it. When looking from back to front, just under the right side of the frog, there is a lever. Why I didn’t buy it was, when you turn it over, their was a crack on the bottom running from the left side of the mouth parallel with the side and about ¼” in and about 1 1/2” long. just under that lever. I was wondering if anyone has restore one like this? I was thinking of getting it and using epoxy to fill the crack and clamp it together till it dries. But I thought epoxy will not expand and contract as good as some other glues. That may not even be an issues but I thought some one here may have done this.

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#1 posted 01-19-2017 10:14 PM

That’s what’s known as a Liberty Bell plane and would be a #135 model from Stanley. You can try gluing together, but the only way to really turn it into a reliable user is to replace the wood completely. Fellow LJ poopiekat has restored quite a few transitionals that way.

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#2 posted 01-19-2017 10:23 PM

Jay T is on the money. As you can try to get epoxy or glue down the crack its really very hard to know if it made a good bond. Another Idea is to notch out the crack wider and epoxy in a wedge or spline. Good luck

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#3 posted 01-19-2017 10:28 PM

I bought a plane like that, and the wood was cracked and dried, mostly on the bottom. I took all metal off and planed off the worst part of the wood. Then I glued on replacement wood and shaped it to original plane dimensions and used a chisel to reshape the area where the plane iron and frog fit. It has no collector value now, but with a new Hock blade, it works fine. It’s now a two-tone wood body plane.

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#4 posted 01-19-2017 10:35 PM

thanks guys I knew I saw it some where. I just went back and looked at patriarchs blood and gor a their was the picture. I’ll have to think about it some more. all your ideas are good. they want $25 for it and from what I can tell the metal parts may (or my not) be worth it.

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#5 posted 01-19-2017 11:05 PM

again thanks guys. I took another look at the picture and specs for the #135. It’s 1” longer and 1/8 ” wider then my #35. that would be a good reason to make my wallet a little lighter.

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#6 posted 01-21-2017 03:33 PM

Here’s for some inspiration:

Though these days I would not take liberties (hah) with the actual dimensions of the wooden sole like I did with this project. The #135 does not have a rectilinear base so it is more challenging.

Restore it and see what it will do! Thanks JayT for the kind words.

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#7 posted 01-21-2017 10:42 PM

Well I went back today and picked up that Stanley #135 liberty bell plane. The bad part was the guy had added a few more tools to his bin. So I also brought home two mortising chisels, 1/8” and a 1/4” as well as a goose neck v carving chisel. Man I got to stay away from that place. I’ll try to take a few pictures to let you guys see what I was saying about it.

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#8 posted 01-22-2017 11:55 PM

Well thanks to poopiekat I can now post some pictures. Man my old butt was going nuts.
well here are a few of the #135 you guys talked me into buy. ( got to blame it on somebody.)
no I would have got it anyway. I like these old planes. Their is something about wood sliding on wood.

sitting next to my #35

now what it looks like, you will see the cracks.

just more to show you what the cond. it was in.

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#9 posted 01-28-2017 06:29 PM

Well I epoxied the cracks after cleaning the dirt and any grease out of them, then clamped it up. Let it dry over night. Cleaned off the old finish with denatured alcohol, and rubbed it down with danish oil. Then sharpened the iron and made a cut. I think this will out last me now.

Saw this after cleaning the old finish off. And applied the oil.

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