I got my first plane a couple months ago. A Groz #5 bench plane
from Woodcraft. I figured this was a good item to learn with and
could get me started. I also got a granite slab for sharpening and
proceeded to tune it up the best I could. After some work using
the Scary Sharp method and flattening the bottom/bed/sole, frog
and cutting iron I think I got it working pretty well.
To learn to use it, I was mostly just running it over the edges of
scrap. As I would do this, I would notice after maybe 5-10 passes
that the edge of the work would no longer be square to the face.
It would now be angled to the right a few degrees. I'm right handed
and would stand to the left of the board, clamped in a vise with
the edge up. Initially I thought this was just a matter of me not
having the right technique and perhaps putting too much pressure
on the plane in the wrong way.
As I was looking over the plane recently, I noticed the bottom/bed/sole
of the plane did not appear to be square. I don't know if it was
like this when I first bought it, or I managed to get it out of
square when I was flattening it. Whatever the case, I think I've
figured out why 5-10 passes of the plane are causing the edges of
my wood go out of square. :)
I'd like to fix this plane if I could, but given that it was only
$45 to begin with, I'm not interested in spending more than about
$20-$25 to do so. The thought occured to me that a machine shop
might be able to square this up on a mill, but they'd probably want
more than I'd be willing to spend to have them do it.
The next thought I had was to find some kind of replacement
bottom/bed/sole. I found Bob Kaune's site online and it looks
like he might have what I need with the bed and frog from a used
Bailey No. 5 Plane for $25.95.
o) Would I be able to transfer the bulk of the parts from my #5
Groz to this Bailey #5 bottom/bed/sole?
o) Has anyone dealt with this vendor before? What was your
experience (good, bad, ok)?
o) Any other places for parts you'd recommend? NOTE: I'm not
interested in eBay--I just want to buy the part(s) I need, not dick
around bidding on stuff.
: http://www.antique-used-tools.com /
: I can't point you directly to the information, if you go to this
URL http://www.antique-used-tools.com/stanley_parts.htm and then
search for "Bailey No.5 Plane" it should take you to the specific bit
I'm talking about. There's also a picture of what's being sold at
this URL: http://www.antique-used-tools.com/5plbed_frog.jpg