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Forum topic by Dlr86 posted 11-05-2018 06:53 PM 961 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2018 06:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: low angle block plane

I recently purchased a Stanley 60 1/2 low angle block plane from a recommended online vintage hand tool dealer. It wasn’t listed as having any flaws and said it didn’t have any chips or cracks around the mouth. I paid what I think is a reasonable price for a used tool in good working order screened by a knowledgeable person. However, I was pretty upset when I opened the box up and immediately saw it has a unevenly filed or ground down mouth which looks ugly. I think I could have done as well off of ebay

Being new to woodworking I am not sure what effect this will have, if any, on the function of the plane. This is meant to be a user and I don’t care about the collectability or resale value so much, but I am not sure if this is worth what I paid for it.

I have attached several photos showing the mouth opening. Otherwise it seems in good condition.

Fully closed:

Fully open:

Ground side fully closed:

I have not contacted the seller at this point pending feedback from the forum. Thanks for your help!


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#1 posted 11-05-2018 07:08 PM

Can’t really comment on whether it’s worth what you paid since I don’t know what you paid. But, I don’t see that being an issue in use.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 11-05-2018 07:14 PM

Check for square to sides, with adjustable mouth you can file square on rear mouth opening as required. Flatten, smooth the bottom with some 180/220 grit sandpaper on a flat surface, I usually check to ensure sides are square at the same time. I also switched the iron to a PMV-11, while not a Veritas or LN, will work fine.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 11-05-2018 07:14 PM

I looks like it has an adjustable mouth, if so you could file it straight.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 11-05-2018 07:17 PM

If it’s just the mouth, it won’t be an issue for a user. If the bed for the blade has been filed on just that side and there is no support for that corner of the blade, it will be.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#5 posted 11-05-2018 08:51 PM

I wouldn’t even file it until i closed the mouth and gave it a go. If it pulls off skinny curls, use it, and go…...

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 11-07-2018 05:55 PM

Thanks everyone for the advice. I contacted the seller with a picture of the plane and he apologized for putting the wrong description. I am keeping the plane at half the original listed price.

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#7 posted 11-07-2018 06:18 PM

I’d say you got the good end of that deal :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 11-07-2018 06:42 PM

Dear Dlr86,
I have been rescuing old planes for years now. First, I’m glad the seller was principled enough to give you some relief on the cost of the plane. A 60 1/2 is a great block plane and it will serve you well if you tune it properly.

I will say this. There are many 60 1/2 planes on EBAY and they are not very expensive. I would not have bought or sold that plane because of the damage to the throat. It looks like some ham fisted nail bender took a file to it with little consideration for results. The normal problem that occurs with this type of flaw is blade chatter against hard wood end grains.

If you can find a thicker iron for the plane that may fix the issues. You also may want o haunt EBAY for a 60 1/2 sole that is in good shape but missing other parts since you have a complete plane. Check out this guy’s store on EBAY;

Good luck and enjoy.

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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#9 posted 11-08-2018 09:04 PM

Found this old Knuckle Cap on Ebay. Looks like it will go for pretty cheap.

Probably worht bidding o.

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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