This plane is a Union No.148 I
picked up a couple of months ago for $20. It was in pretty bad
shape. The sole was worn badly plus had a bit of twist.
screws that secure the fence were striped and the wedge was
history as well. In its day it would have been one of the
cheaper versions of this style plane.
The first problem to deal with was
the sole. Most moving fillister planes I have seen have boxing
on the right edge of the sole to reduce wear in this area. This
plane did not have boxing which is why it was worn so much.
I clamped the body of the plane up
side down in the vise and used a jointer plane set to take a
light cut and took off just enough to get the sole flat.
Next, I jointed the right side of
the plane where the nicker and depth stop mount until it was
flat and square with the sole. After the body was flat and
square the slots for the depth stop and nicker had to be cut
deeper to compensate for material that had been removed leveling
The next problem to deal with was
the stripped threads for the fence screws. This seems to be a
problem with most of these planes. The screws go directly into
the wood body of the plane, over time they strip from repeated
loosening and tightening.
Most of these planes have more than
one set of holes drilled in the sole from where one set stripped
and new holes were drilled to replace them.