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Forum topic by Bill Berklich posted 01-18-2020 05:09 PM 695 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bill Berklich

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01-18-2020 05:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tool no 5 stanley jointer

Sad to say but some how my No. 5 has a hairline crack in the side behind the adjustment knob. No idea how/when. I was working an Ironwood (Hophornbeam) log and noticed it. This one is my go to. It a 1950’s? vintage? Thick casting, plastic handles, made in USA.

Oh well – It will still work for a while then

I’ll have to dig out and tune up over of the other ones.

-- Bill - Rochester MI


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#1 posted 01-18-2020 05:31 PM

I know the feeling. A dear friend gave her Dad’s hand planes after his death. He was a really great stand up kinda guy. Of the three planes 2 aren’t worth the time to restore. I started on the #5 with intentions of making it one of my daily users. After soaking it in evaporust I found a huge arched crack, heartbreaking. It’s a type 13, sadly it’s headed to recycle.

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#2 posted 01-18-2020 06:26 PM

Sucks! Old timer gave me his treasured old #7 and I found the crack as soon as I started to flatten the base.
Lots of parts on E-bay and maybe find an better base:) (and some wood knobs/handle)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 01-18-2020 10:23 PM

In japan they fill it with gold to show it off.

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#4 posted 01-18-2020 10:25 PM

now THAT I would like to see ;-)

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#5 posted 01-18-2020 10:38 PM

Those kind of cracks can’t be brazed and machined/grinded flat on a mill??

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#6 posted 01-18-2020 10:47 PM

Do you see the crack all the way through? Or just on one side?

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#7 posted 01-19-2020 12:16 AM



Do you see the crack all the way through? Or just on one side?

- corelz125

It’s through the paint on the inside. Just a hairline and I only found it because of the dirt collecting from the oil in the crack.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#8 posted 01-20-2020 03:01 AM

Not the end of it but still sucks. I would keep using it. I had a #7 with a hair line crack on the cheek it held up.

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#9 posted 01-20-2020 02:46 PM

That is my hope. It had to have been cracked for quite a while and only noticed because I oiled it. I’ll def use it until it breaks. Then I’ll bow my head for a moment at the loss of another old workhorse and then move on. :-)

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#10 posted 01-20-2020 03:15 PM

I find it interesting how we get attached to our tools and it seems planes especially. My main #5 has a replacement lever cap because the original didnt survive an impact with the concrete floor. Took me awhile to get used to it being “different”.

My other #5 has a some deep pitting on the tail end of the body so it got relegated to shooting board duty and is probably the finest tuned plane i own. It may be ugly as sin but i wouldnt trade it for anything.

Maybe we get so attached because each one has its own personality. My go to smoother is a Type 18 #4. I have others, including a Bedrock 604, that should be “better” but i know the Type 18 so well it never gives me fits.

Its always a sad day when one of your favorites has an accident or in your case just starts showing its signs of age. I hope it gives you many more years of solid use.

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#11 posted 01-20-2020 04:15 PM

I like ugly but good tools. Keep using it until it doesn’t work.

Here is one of my favorites, that was thrown in as an extra with another plane.
Besides a big chunk out of the cheek, it also has a completely wrong tote on it. It looks like they bought a tote for a no 4 and drilled a hole in the toe of it. That doesn’t show in this photo.

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#12 posted 01-21-2020 01:40 AM

As long as they keep making shavings that’s all that counts.

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#13 posted 01-21-2020 10:51 AM

I just love actual an working plane rather than hanger queen – opps wrong metaphor. ;-) Like Corelz says “As long as they keep making shavings…”

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#14 posted 01-21-2020 12:41 PM

As long as the sole is not cracked, you should be good.

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#15 posted 01-23-2020 08:32 AM

An old guy once told me what to do about worry over losing something.

Use it or lose it. :-)

So far it has served me well.

-- Think safe, be safe

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