First post here in the neanderthal section. I am another one sliding blissfully down the slippery slope of vintage tools!!
I am pleased to say I have acquired some planes in my relatively new woodworking experience.
I have a Stanley 9 1/2, a Stanley #5 type 14 and my newest purchase is a Millers Falls #9C.
My question is on the tote on the Millers Falls.
Its in good shape and not cracked or broken. But it is loose. When I tighten down the bolt that runs through the back of the tote it still is loose and has some lateral play in the front. No bolt or bolt hole for the front part of the tote is provided.
As seen in the pic, it has a raised area or pin that sticks into the front heel of the tote. Since the hole in the tote is quite larger than the pin, it allows some free movement in the tote after being tightened.
Is this common on these or is there some type of fix that maybe some of you with similar planes or with a #9 have came up with?
I really dont want and play in it for fear of it cracking or breaking. OTOH if thats the way they are and this movement keeps the tote from being too tight then I will leave it alone.
I did read something onnline somewhere about filing some of the threaded end down to provide more tightness but not sure I want to do that.
Really would prefer a tight grip instead of looseness.
Let me know if you guys have any ideas on this......