To my great regret, I recommended that the Construction Trade School at
which I teach carpentry ordered and bought
several Stanley No 5 planes. They are crap.On some of them the frog
cannot be adjusted because the webs between the frog seat on the base
are preventing the frog sitting properly except in one position. All of
them have curved soles; studnts trying to face and square a piece of
wood end up with something that looks like a section from a very large
cart wheel. One of he students was unable to make his plane cut. On
inspection I found that the mouth was too narrow to allow the blade to
protrude through the sole! The lateral adjusters are a piece of thin
sheet metal pressing which bends in use, and also has cut the fingers
of students. The cutters and back irons, however, are quite reasonable.
A dozen of these planes, wrapped tightly in chain, would make fair
anchor. I have advised the students to attend flea markets, garage
sales and the like, to buy old Stanley, Record and Bedrock planes, and
bring them in so that I can teach them how to fettle a plane.
Iv've fettled my own planes, and perhaps I've gone a bit too far,
because I've styled the handles and knops on the grips on a target
rifle I was once shown. Anyone who is interestd can see them on the
E.K.B.T.S. web site, I think they're on the "facilities" page.