(Repost) How to get the most from this block plane

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12-03-2017 05:53 AM

For some reason there was an error with my last post so here I go again.

I found this stanley block plane in my great uncle’s basement workshop after he passed and I’d like to get it as tuned up as I can but I know very little about hand planes. I want to know more but I don’t have any decent hand planes and I can’t afford a decent one so it has been difficult to learn.

So as far as I can tell from the research I have done (google) it is a Stanley Handyman 6 1/2×2. It has actually been really hard to find information about this particular plane, I’m guessing because according to some sites, the handyman series was beginning of the decline of stanley planes.

So what can I do to make it a serviceable tool. This will be the first time I am doing anything to a plane so any help is appreciated. Here it is in it’s current state:

Let me know what you think.

-- Jeff | Louisville, Ky

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#1 posted 12-03-2017 06:03 AM

basically it is the same as a Stanley No. 110

Make sure the sole is flat. The bevel up iron is as sharp as you can get it. Set the depth is to where just barely cuts.

While you can use this single handed, I usually have the other hand on the front knob.

A small hammer, with light taps, to adjust the depth, and any lateral adjustments. That little humped up spot on the tail end? Hit there to retract the blade as needed. Then tap on the blade’s back end to advance the depth. Just light taps, you are not trying to drive a nail, after all….

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#2 posted 12-03-2017 05:08 PM

The trickiest part will be setting the depth and getting the lateral adjustment. But if you follow the advice above you’ll get it. Then just leave it alone until you need to sharpen again.


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#3 posted 12-03-2017 05:31 PM

110 are not bad but as above mentioned, it is finicky to set. it’s one of my bigger block planes so i don’t use it often but definitely worth tuning.

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#4 posted 12-03-2017 07:56 PM

Thanks a lot guys. The tip about tapping the back and the iron to adjust depth has already improved things. Trying to adjust the blade by hand was driving me insane.

A few questions:

As far as sharpening goes i have two sharpening stones (again, I got them from my great uncles basement shop). They are oil stones and they are pretty old. Here are some pics:

The carborundum (1st photo) says on the back that I should use some brand of clear oil, not sure which the name has faded on the box. So what oil can i use with a stone like this? And how do you apply it. I’ve only done chisel sharpening with a wet stone.

The other one says that it was preoiled at the factory. Not sure if that still applies though so same question as above.

Lastly, the mouth on the base where the blade protrudes is not flat I think because of the painted finish. Is that area usually smoothed and angled with like the blade?

Thanks for guys.

-- Jeff | Louisville, Ky

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#5 posted 12-04-2017 12:53 AM

Clear oil,,as in 3in1 oil, is what I use.

There is a small ramp where the blade rests as it goes out the mouth. Should be cleaned of any paint. One can take a file, rest it where the blade will go….a few strokes to make things “in line” all the way through. Just enough so the blade doesn’t rock.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#6 posted 12-04-2017 02:26 AM

I replied on the defective post.

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#7 posted 12-05-2017 12:23 AM

I can’t access the defective post on here but luckily I can read what people wrote in my email notifications.

What do you all use to if your stones need to be cleaned? I’ve been looking it up and everyone seems to do something different.

-- Jeff | Louisville, Ky

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#8 posted 12-05-2017 01:40 AM

Those used to be cleaned with just plain Kerosene…..even said so right on the box. Get the clear stuff from Walmart, not that red stuff at the gas station….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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