Repairing an non-level handplane yoke

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    Steven D’Amico

    I’m working on restoring a Stanley Bailey #5 style plane made by Vaughan & Bushnell. Picked it up for $10 an an antique store.

    Was hoping someone might have some insight on one last repair that needs to be done – the front side of the yoke (the flat piece the blade/chipbreaker sits on) is a bit bent and therefore off level. It’s preventing me from getting the right settings on the blade height adjustment.

    With the old stanleys you can just nail out the pin that holds the yoke in place, but this company actually welded the pin in place. Right now my options are 1) leaving it and trying to make do 2) drilling out the pin and making a replacement of my own, then hammering out the crookedness of the yoke. Probably the safest option but a real pain in the neck and probably not worth it 3) trying to file/dremel it down. This would make the front of the yoke narrower and less stable, but level it out 4) hammer it while it’s still in the frog, which is a bit of a risky proposition because I don’t want to damage anything

    None of them seem like great options to me. Anyone got any better ideas?

    Harvey Kimsey

    Is there some way you could substitute a Stanley yoke for yours? Or is the design not compatible?

    Dave Ring

    Are you sure that the pin is welded rather than peened over? I can’t imagine why the manufacturer would do that, but with users, who knows?

    Is the yoke cast iron or a stamping?

    Does it work OK or does it just look wrong?


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