Stanley #80


Ben H
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Just got my new (old) #80 in today. I'm trying to form a plan of attack on the restoration. Any of you fine chaps got one of these things in fine working order that could answer a few questions for me?

The sole: is it dead flat from front to back, or does it curve slightly at front of the plane? Mine is pretty rough, so it's hard to tell from the rust.

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Something else that I'm tossing around. I'm gonna have to purchase a new blade for the #80. I've been thinking about a HOCK, no doubt they are top notch. But they are also $25.00. While the Veritas blade is $5. I don't mind paying the extra $$$ if it is something I'll benefit from in the long run.

Anyone got any input on the Hock vs Veritas. Logic would state 5 vertias over one Hock any day of the week. Unless the Veritas blade is nothing more than another stock Stanley blade. :unsure:

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Something else that I'm tossing around. I'm gonna have to purchase a new blade for the #80. I've been thinking about a HOCK, no doubt they are top notch. But they are also $25.00. While the Veritas blade is $5. I don't mind paying the extra $$$ if it is something I'll benefit from in the long run.

Anyone got any input on the Hock vs Veritas. Logic would state 5 vertias over one Hock any day of the week. Unless the Veritas blade is nothing more than another stock Stanley blade. :unsure:

I just bought the five Veritas blades..they hold a good edge. I just used my to scrape the plastic resin glue off two sets of bent laminated legs. It made it through with one touch up on me diamond stones. When I finally got down to just wood, it was pulling nice curls.

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I just bought the five Veritas blades..they hold a good edge. I just used my to scrape the plastic resin glue off two sets of bent laminated legs. It made it through with one touch up on me diamond stones. When I finally got down to just wood, it was pulling nice curls.

Good info. I've finished working on the blade, and I don't think it's really salvageable. It only holds a thick burr which I think I curled over too far. It will only grab on the roughest of boards and just slides over moderately smoothed boards. :(

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