A while back I bought a Stanley No.50 from eBay. Seems to be pretty much perfect. Very little use, all the blades and fences etc. seem to be there. Anyway, having had a ‘play’ with it a while ago and didn’t do very well, I gave up in frustration. Anyway, as often happens when you give up trying and leave well alone for a while, an idea as to what I was doing wrong popped into my mind. Sure enough, the penny had dropped and was able to achieve lovely fine shavings with the blades I’ve sharpened (cutting rabbets). With the addition of an additional (supplementary) fence the tool now works great.
One question I have though is around depth of cut. I know there is a depth stop fitted, but even with this removed or at it’s highest (away from the surface of the wood), it doesn’t seem able to cut more than about half an inch deep. Does this sound about right or am I doing something wrong? I would have though it was possible to go a fair bit deeper than that, but maybe not?
Yorkshireman currently living in Hampshire
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