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post #1 of 6 Old 12-27-2011, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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#5 Stanley Sweetheart

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I'm a noob in woodworking, been doing it about a year or so. Anyways I got a #5 Stanley as a gift and I watched a few vids on getting it set up. I thought I did everything right but for some reason it is still cutting off. Any tips? My guess is it might be my technique, I dunno, I'm trying to keep motion level. Any hints, tips or suggestions welcome.
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-27-2011, 09:35 PM
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Assuming you honed the blade and are using the correct technique, you'll have to be more specific with the issue to properly diagnose the problem.

What exactly is it doing, or not doing? Shaving thicker on one side than the other - cutter not parallel to bed. Chatters? cutter out too far and lever cap not tight enough. Cuts a bit and then clogs? chip-breaker incorrectly installed, Very hard to push, not sharp and/or out too far - and the possibilities are endless. A pic of the shavings produced can give clues too, if that's possible.

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It's mainly cutting one side lower, more angled to my left side. I tried it on poplar after honing and initial set up. Then went to use it on a piece of project red oak and that's when I noticed the difference. The blade isn't chattering, but I did notice that it tends to skip on the wood. I tried to apply beeswax on the sole, it helped a little. I'm wondering if I should maybe just give in and buy a veritas or lie neilson blade? Just a little heads up on what I was working on. It was the back of a 3/4 inch book holder approx. 18" long, was planing with the grain, not end grain. Shavings looked even, when it didn't skip, so I thought all was well. Sorry I finished the project and the shavings were used as tender in the fire place :)
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-28-2011, 09:05 AM
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Red Oak being so much harder than poplar it will show the faults much quicker. Next time try holding the plane at a very slight angle to the direction of travel - kind of like a skew. If you picture shaving with a regular razor - going straight the normal way it cuts OK, but make the mistake of sliding the razor at an angle and it will slice half your cheek off before you notice. Same effect with a plane.

Skipping says the blade was contacting wood sometimes, and other times it wasn't. Either concentrate on the parts that stick up, or if you need to hit the entire length of the wood then bring the cutter out just a skosh more (that's a technical term. Get a good metal ruler with inches on one side and angel hairs on the other. You want to move the iron out about 1/100th of an angel hair.)

I thought the new Stanleys were supposed to come with nice blades. They're advertised as 1/8" A2 steel, so springing for a Hock isn't going to really do anything except lighten your wallet.

One more thing to check. When setting the iron depth, there may be some play in the knob. This would let the iron get pushed back up when it encounters heavy resistance. Play with adjusting by going from shallow to deep, and deep to shallow while the lever cap is semi-tight. There should be play one way, and no play the other - you want to do final adjustments in the direction of no-play. (Clear as mud? Maybe someone else can explain it easier please.)

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post #5 of 6 Old 12-28-2011, 09:54 AM
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JD, sounds like no biggie at all... I'm still waiting for the pictures Joe originally asked for though. Is that a possibility?

Main thing that pops out at me is the blades (1) not sharp enough and (2) not straight.

Both easy things to fix. Pictures would help conform this though...

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Joe, no I completely understood and I'll give it a go. Ya it did come with the A2 blade so I will do the adjustment procedure you mentioned.

Tom, I finished the project I was working on so all the shavings were used in the fireplace. If I continue to have issues I'll be sure to take pics of the shavings.

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