stanley plane parts compatibility

Forum: Hand Tools

Does anyone here and I’m sure one of you might know what parts you might or might not be able to mix and match among stanley handplanes ? Such for example if I had a sole from a jointer plane could I use a frog from a smoother? if I didn’t have the parts in front of me to compare how could I know.
See a lot of good deals on ebay and flea markets for parts I’m not looking for collector pcs I want to make users out of them. don’t want to get stuck with somthing totally unusable or not have a reasonable idea what I can or can’t use for somthing. Would appreciate any advice .

Mark DellaCamera

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RevRuss ...

There is some cross compatibility. 4s and 5s can share frogs, blades, and caps; same for 6 and 7. I believe 2 and 3 are the same but don’t quote me on that. There are others like a 10 I think borrows a frog and cap from a 4 but you’d have to modify a blade from a 6. That’s about all I know.

mark d. ...

That helps I’m trying to get a jointer and they’re really pricey I was hoping to put one together from parts I’ve refinished a couple of old planes and I’ll use them but I enjoy the challenge of bringing old tools back from the dead I’ve had a few basket cases that I cleaned up and are in as good a shape as when new you can’t beat the old tools the steel alone seems like it holds an edge better and they seem more durable also

Don ...

If it’s the same width blade, the parts should be interchangeable except possibly the knob and tote.

Whitacrebespoke ...

Frogs are all standard widths. There’s four widths, number 3, 4/5 use 50mm or 2inch width and then 4.5,5.5 6 and 7 use another and 8 has a wider width again.

Any newer qualcast frog will fit any newer sole designed to do so from any maker of planes. The older planes use wide squarer flat faced frogs not and these are not interchangeable with the newer qualcast type frogs.

Irons are all interchangeable as are cap iron and lever caps. Handles will change between most makers but upwards of 4.5 they have a slightly different handle to the small planes.

Things like depth adjusters are the same. There were two different pitches of thread used to hold the handles on though. Plastic handle and hardware kits are still acaluable from Stanley.

I often buy job lots of incomplete planes have all the soles professionally reground then build the better ones and bust up the others for spares.