I purchased a No 5 plane for parts since the casting was broken.
I have cleaned up all the parts so now the question is whether the casting is worth salvaging.
This is the first casting with a break which I have handled. The break is complete down the left side. The overall casting is thinner than my other Stanleys.
I can flex the entire front. I think if I flexed too much it would break off.
Top view. 3 patent dates. It also had small adjuster wheel and no ring on the knob, but it is a taller knob.
You can see the break in this picture.
Bottom view. Corrugated. Good condition on the bottom, perhaps due to not being used after it broke.
It did not look so good before I cleaned it up.
I have had to use some of the parts on my previous No 5 rust bucket, so I will not be able to restore this just yet.
I am just wondering if this can be welded and become of user casting, or should this be repurposed or scraped?
I have a friend whose daughter is a welder. So if this is salvagable I will have him take it to the daughter.