Brazing a Stanley 130
I had found this little block plane at an antique shop. It was missing the knob and had a crack in the rear mouth. I couldn’t pass it up for six bucks. Come on the iron had SW stamped on it.
Now I have brazed manifolds, skillets and other items of cast iron. I have never brazed a plane because there are two many out there. But I wanted to try to fix this one because of the rarity. I had some Harris Safety Silver 45 fc and this stuff is great. I have seen it braze 2 beer cans together. It is a bit pricey.
Now In the next photo I show the preparation you need to do for a crack in cast iron. You have to at least get a good bevel ground out on the crack so the braze has a good purchase. If the crack is running along the side you must drill a hole at the end or it will run again. The hole will stop the run because it has no where to go. And when brazing you need a good buildup of braze. Sorry for the poor image.
With that said here is what I got.
Here is the out come.
A lot of time you will find these Stanley 130’s with the rear mout cut off and opened up to be used as a chisel plane. I think I saved this one.
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