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Stanley 50 help

Postby MattS » 25 Jun 2020, 21:24

I picked up a Stanley 50 yesterday, it was a bit of a risk, I knew it had parts missing but got it cheap alongside a lovely 5 1/2 and a brace and bit set.

I haven’t used one these in over 20 years since my Grandad helped me with a school project. Whilst I wasn’t looking for one I’d love to get it working as I really don’t like routers!

Can someone tell me if there’s an alignment issue? The two sides of the body don’t line up as nicely as I thought they would and it seems like the sliding part is pulling the blade out of square when I seat it. Any advice?

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Re: Stanley 50 help

Postby Woodbloke » 26 Jun 2020, 18:14

No expert here, but it looks to me as though it's been dropped. A close Mk1 eyeball inspection from somebody more knowledgable might be able to give a better opinion - Rob
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Re: Stanley 50 help

Postby TrimTheKing » 26 Jun 2020, 19:12

I did a very quick google and someone was selling one on eBay and one pic shows it tightened up like yours and with the same angle.

Could be that that one is buggered too but seems coincidental.


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Re: Stanley 50 help

Postby MattS » 26 Jun 2020, 19:35

Thanks guys, my boss has been using the lockdown to build a workshop and turns out he has a 50 so a video call later and there is definitely something wrong with mine :eusa-doh:

The mouth in front of the blade should be bigger on the sliding side but behind the blade aligns perfectly. It’s odd I agree with Rob that it’s probably had a knock but the bottom of each side aligns perfectly but not the blade bed!? I’m going to borrow his soon and can try different parts and work out what is wrong with it. Not giving up on getting it sorted.
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Re: Stanley 50 help

Postby Andyp » 26 Jun 2020, 20:07

Hope it is a simple as one of the rods not being straight.
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Re: Stanley 50 help

Postby Rod » 26 Jun 2020, 23:09

I’ve got a box of router plane bits unfortunately I cannot get to any of my stuff due to building works.

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Re: Stanley 50 help

Postby Mike G » 27 Jun 2020, 07:37

I have a 50, and I had a look yesterday evening to see what was what. All I can suggest is that you unscrew the rods and put them on a flat surface, then give them a roll. I'll bet you find one or more have a bend in them. Then your only option will be to take a hammer to them.

Missing bits, BTW, are the difference between this being an ornament and a very useful piece of kit. And you won't find any replacements, I promise.
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