Reply To: Stanley No 4 Gap Between Frog And Plane
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Your frog isn’t defective or anything. That was the design of the frog assembly between 1878 and 1904 ( or 1902).
There was no forward machined area for the frog to sit on. I have a 1904-Ish number 4c that is made the same way.
It works fine, but is fiddler to Mount correctly. Subsequent methods have a rib to help align the frog.
Patrick’s supertool site has some info on four of the frog mounting methods Stanley used over the years.
Try turning the frog a bit before you tighten down the 2 frog mounting screws. Sometime what appears to be square isn’t.