Got home and the Hock was too wide for the Miller Falls 18 - damn! Then out came the 60-1/2. The new blade was the right width, but the cutout was too big and the adjuster didn't fit the adjuster slots in the blade - double damn. So I can't gloat on either blade. Now I have to decide whether to just sell the blades on ebay and make a buck or 2 or try to find a deal on a old user Stanley 8 and Stanley 9-1/2.
Does anyone know for sure which planes a Hock 2-5/8ths blade fits (any Miller Falls)? Also does anyone know if a stanley 9 blade will fits a 60-1/2? (They still have a couple of laminated blades for a 9 at Woodcraft). BTW all sales were final.
Since I hate to post about a gloat gone bad without any good news, I did get a set of 4 roundover/beading Woodcraft 1/2" router bits at the 80% off table for $11. Also, a friend gave me a heavy older Columbian woodworking vise that came out of a High School shop. Works great. Did a little clean-up and attached a couple new boards for the jaw faces and then installed on the bench. So a good day was had irregardless of the plane blade fiasco.