Brazing a Plane

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.

Stanley 130

Stanley 130


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.
Silver 45%
Copper 30%
zinc 25%

Safety-Silver 45fc

Safety-Silver 45fc

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.


stanley 130 braze
I had a little Stanley 101 and another mini plane that I think is a Dunlap. They were in need of some attention as well.

Stanley 101

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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22 Responses to Brazing a Plane

  1. Kiwi says:

    What did you use to grind out the crack? Maybe a triangle file, like for sharpening saw teeth?

    Thanks for sharing details on how this is done… so many sources just say ‘don’t try’, but there will always be special circumstances where to someone it’s worth the effort – especially if it’s sentimental.

    • David Bardin says:

      I think I used a dremil tool with a round bit. A file was used to fine tune it.
      The bases are made of cast and are very soft
      Thank you for you question and comment.

  2. CFrye says:

    Nice, Dave. You made it look easy! Found out that Millers Falls plane I picked up in West Monroe has a cracked wing. Tempted to try this. Probably better just sent it to you! 🙂

  3. JL7 says:

    Pretty cool Dave…..never seen or even considered such a thing, but looks like you got a hell of a good little plane now…………sweet..

    That first shim (feeler gauge), you said .0015 and called it 15 thousandths, it is actually 15 ten thousandths, or 1-1/2 thousandths. Sorry, I used to be quality manager….can’t help it….. :^)

    • David Bardin says:

      Thanks Jeff, Its and sits on the shelf with the other 8 or 9. And yes what you said is what I was thinking. I am not a machinist. It was between 1 thou and 2 thou. Oh well. You aught to see the footage I didnt show.
      Jeff where would I be without ya!
      I learned something today.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’ve never seen brazing done before. When you said “pricey”, (If you don’t mind)how much for a stick of the “Safety-Silver” & how much was used for this repair???

    The little grey plane reminds me of my C’man rehab:

  5. I need to try the brazing. Well done.

    • David Bardin says:

      Don you will love it. I am scared of the one I find that are already brazed. But now I have a bit of a different outlook on mildly cracked planes. I like the silver braze takes less heat. Try it out Don.
      Thanks for the post.

  6. roger says:

    Good going Dave. Nice repair n restores goin on there, as always.

  7. Thomas Tieffenbacher/aka DocSavage45 says:

    Nice upgrade. Of the site and the plane. Eventually you will be working by kerosene lanterns? LOL!

    • David Bardin says:

      Hey Doc I am so happy you have joined us. I want you to know there a three lanterns in my shop and about ten coal oil lamps in the house. We often loose power and they do come in handy.
      Thank you for the post and come again.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Real nice work thank you for the piece, I have done much the same work with old planes.

    • David Bardin says:

      Thank you for the post. I have always shyed away from purchasing the planes I have seen with brazing repairs. I just couldn’t pass this one up and it let me try my hand at it.

  9. eddieantley says:

    looks good dave ,good save
    also like the way you had you video presentation layed out

  10. Boxcarmarty says:

    Looks like a party…..

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