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Greetings. I recently picked up a block plane that I think is a Stanley 65 or 65 1/2. I need a new lever cap screw since i knicked this one up when trying to remove it. A good bit of PB blaster later and it was freed, but I'd like a nicer looking one. If anyone knows of a good/cheap source for these screws please let me know.


Judging from the sites linked below I think it is a Stanley 65 1/2. I'm not entirely sure on the year either, though the blade is from the sweetheart era.

http://virginiatoolworks.wordpress....plicable-affinity-for-low-angle-block-planes/
http://virginiatoolworks.wordpress.com/tools/stanley-planes/date-your-block-plane-type-study/

Also, of all of the pictures and info I've found on these guys, I have never seen or read any mention of the adjustable mouth screw like this. It is a 2-part brass setup. The wheel is threaded onto the screw and they can move independently of each other. Do I have some sort of Frankenstein of a plane? Any information provided or sources of information would be greatly appreciated.




 

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That is not an original front knob. And according to this link: http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan9.htm#num65 it is not a 65 1/2 as the lever cap, adjuster and front knob are all nickel plated on the 65 1/2. What is the size of the plane? According to the above mentioned link the 65 should be seven inches long and 1 3/4" wide before 1909 and 1 5/8" wide after that. The 65 1/2 should be the same length and was always 1 5/8" wide. If the sizes match, it is probably a 65 with a improvised front knob.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I'm new to woodworking and the accompanying tools, but luckily there are excellent resources such as this forum filled with knowledgeable people.

The plane is indeed 7" long. The blade is 1 5/8" wide, but I do not have a measurement for the body of the plane, but will when I get home.

trc65, I saw that article as well when I was researching it. And it does clearly state that the 65 1/2 comes with a nickel finish only. Later with more searching I found a link to an old Stanley advertisement which states the contrary. In the link below it says the 65 1/2 comes with a japanned cap. So I still have a bit of confusion on it. It would be nice to know definitively, but as long as it works for its intended purpose the specific model doesn't bother me too much. I finished up flattening the sole and the rest of the reviving work. I'm excited to try it out this weekend!

http://virginiatoolworks.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/stanley-1935-cat_la-block-planes.jpg
 
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