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Forum topic by Straightpiped posted 11-21-2008 08:20 PM 1132 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Straightpiped

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11-21-2008 08:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane question

I feel like I ask too many questions, but there is only one way to learn.

My father-in-law gave me an old Stanley#3 that belonged to his dad. From first glance it is in excelent shape. I bet is hasn’t been used in decades. 100% zero rust, except for the blade. True as can be. The problem that I have ran across that I can’t find any info about is the “Frog”. It isn’t parallel with the “Mouth”. I don’t know how to adjust this. If you are looking at it from the way you would use it, the right side of the “Frog” sits farther from the “Mouth” than the left side. Is the fixable? Is this even a problem?

Tyson

-- T. Nelson


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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 11-21-2008 08:32 PM

I don’t have that particular plane, but in most cases, if you remove the blade you’ll see two machine screws attaching the frog to the body. The screws are in slots which allows you to reposition and adjust the frog.

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#2 posted 11-22-2008 12:17 AM

Listen to Peter. It’s and easy fix. Take it all apart and clean it up and sharpen it. You will learn about it this way.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 11-22-2008 12:50 AM

Just pay close attantion while disassembling. Otherwise reassembly can be more of a challenge.

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Straightpiped

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#4 posted 11-22-2008 05:46 AM

Here is the plane…I have not done any cleaning at all.

As you can kinda see in this picture, the tounge and the frog do not line up parallel. This is with the screws loose and me trying to line them up.

-- T. Nelson

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Peter Oxley

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#5 posted 11-22-2008 07:19 AM

Looks like it’s in pretty good shape. Looking at the photos, I can’t see any reason why the frog shouldn’t move a bit. Maybe a burr or something on the underside? We have a couple of hand-plane experts on LJ – maybe one of them can tell you why it won’t move.

I pulled apart the jack plane that I use the most and the frog is out of alignment almost as much as yours. I’m going to adjust it (it’ll bug me if I don’t), but it’s been cutting fine – I’ve used it a bunch this week.

-- http://www.peteroxley.com/woodworking -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --

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teenagewoodworker

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#6 posted 11-22-2008 02:19 PM

ya i have the same plane its a really nice plane. you should be able to adjust it some too. i had to do that on mine and it worked fine. a burr is the only thing i can think of.

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Thos. Angle

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#7 posted 11-22-2008 09:33 PM

Peter asked me to come back and look at this again. This is a late model #3. If you look at the back of the frog, you will see a screw which is on the base but attaches to the frog. This will move the frog backwards and forwards. I’m not sure with out having it in my hand what is going on that you can’t get it to move. It looks very clean and should be easy to adjust.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 11-23-2008 12:41 AM

At a risk of stating what you already know (and building on what Thos. stated above), make sure you aren’t assuming that the screw behind the frog should be tightened all the way. That is just an adjustment screw, not intended to be screwed all the way in.

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Straightpiped

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#9 posted 11-23-2008 01:06 AM

Found out what the problem was. The screw that adjust the forward/backward movement of the frog has that “U” bracket that actually pushes/pulls the frog, that bracket was slightly turned. Adjusted that and now it lines up perfect.

Thanks for everyones help.

-- T. Nelson

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#10 posted 11-23-2008 10:03 PM

That is one sweet plane. I added one to my collection about 3 yrs. ago (for $10.00 I might add). Needed a clean up and sharpening.
Bill

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