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Forum topic by Karda posted 10-21-2020 03:49 AM 416 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2020 03:49 AM

Hi, I honed the blade for my Stanley#3. When I reassembled the plane the lateral adjuster will only travel from right to center, it will not move left period. This has never happened before and i can’t find it hanging any where in the adjuster, but I think the corner of the blade i hitting the side maybe. I can’t see what may be wrong. What did I do wrong. Thanks


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#1 posted 10-21-2020 04:52 AM

Ok first be CAREFUL! Don’t force it. Take off the lever cap and see if it will move freely then. Take a good look at the little “wishbone” looking part that comes up through the chipbreaker and connects to the depth adjuster knob. Thats what adjusts the depth and I have seen those break from people trying to force things. If that breaks you’ll be SOL until you can find another on ebay.

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#2 posted 10-21-2020 05:12 AM

haven’t forced it, I’ll take a lot thanks

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#3 posted 10-21-2020 06:25 AM

I checked the wish bone like thing it is fine. I think it hits on the chip breaker screw

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#4 posted 10-21-2020 09:42 AM

the yoke (whish bone part) must come in the slot in the chip breaker.

see 2nd picture here:
https://paulsellers.com/2015/02/thick-irons-beware-the-unequal-yoke/

It is worth reading the complete post.

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#5 posted 10-21-2020 02:15 PM

However, the yoke is NOT the lateral adjuster….and. the yoke can slide side to side on the rod it is held in place with..

Maybe check how well the lateral’s disc fits into the slot in the iron….sometimes, there is a mismatch between the two, one side of the disc will engage the slot, and not the other side…so, when you push the lever one way, it will move the iron, and the other way..iron won’t move….

Setting the depth of cut has very little to do with adjusting the lateral….note, the slot in the chipbreaker is also wider (side to side) than the tab from the yoke…by design. Allows the the chipbreaker/iron to be laterally adjusted, as the tab will slide in the slot in the chipbreaker…

Easy way to check….look in from the side of the plane, should be no gap between the iron and the frog…might see IF there is a gap on one side, but not the other….Not all iron slots are the same width…A liberty Bell iron’s slot a narrower than a normal Stanley bench plane’s . Millers Falls might be wider, or narrower. Same with an iron from Sargent.

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#6 posted 10-21-2020 02:46 PM

You folks were up to way to late, I think I know what the problem is ! ! ! !

P.S. sometimes my chipbreaker doesnt fall down into the slot just right and once I installed it with the screw rightside up instead of upside down.

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#7 posted 10-21-2020 08:07 PM

thanks for the link, I checked the screw and found it off center, I centered it with the blade and it works fine thanks Mike

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#8 posted 10-22-2020 03:51 PM

Bandit, you are right.
my comment was related to:
“I think it [the yoke] hits on the chip breaker screw”.

So I thought the yoke was not in the chip-breaker slot as the chip breaker screw is not supposed to hit the yoke.

Normally the iron is pushed flat on the frog by the lever-cap and there should be no reason for the disc of the lateral adjust for not engaging the two sides of the cutting iron slot unless the cutting iron were be badly warped.

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