Are these defects in my block plane???

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Forum topic by mhkoch12 posted 05-23-2020 10:35 PM 660 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-23-2020 10:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hand tool plane defects repair

Hey everyone! I’m new to woodworking and just received my first two hand planes. A Stanley No.5 and a Stanley Bailey block plane.

Just got the block plane delivered today and noticed two possible defects, but wanted to confirm if these are part of the design. If not, are they critical enough to need replacing the tool altogether?

First, the cutout of the Lateral Adjusting lever is asymmetrical. Second, and more importantly, there’s a slanted thickness on the inside of the plane base where the cutter edge is resting at a vertically slanted angle. Should I get it replaced?

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#1 posted 05-24-2020 12:52 AM

Looks more like casting/die artifacts. For Stanley and most planes, some filing, and settings are required to make them work ready. For #1. I don’t see how this would affect workability, but for #2 you would want to file the mouth even and uniform to support the blade across. Highly recommend looking for online articles about setting up hand planes (FWW, PWW, etc)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 05-24-2020 11:09 AM

Looks to me that the casting area that supports the blade at sole opening, “appears” to be rough. Might help to post a close up photo of that area.

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#3 posted 05-24-2020 11:38 PM

If the mouth is as rough as it looks in the picture on the block plane , I would return the plane for another one.

-- Jason

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#4 posted 05-25-2020 01:21 AM

Disappointing to see that in a new plane with the Stanley name.

-- Darrel

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