I've just received a new (made in England) Stanley No. 92 shoulder plane. Purchased from Highland Hardware. I've played a little bit with it right out of the box, knowing I would need to do some tuning. And it does need tuning.
The blade needs sharpening and honing and that isn't a problem for me to do. I've checked the bottom for flatness and the sides for being 90 deg. to the bottom; they seem to be good.
The cap that sits on top of the blade (lever cap, chip breaker?) has a fairly smooth surface, but not honed. Does it need or should be honed? The pointed toe of this cap rises away from the blade; is that right / okay? It appears to have been manufactured that way. I'm guessing that getting shavings under it is not a problem.
The ramp the blade rests on has been machined, but it is somewhat rougher than I would expect for a sliding ramp surface; certainly a lot rougher than the comparable surfaces on my #4 & #5 planes. Should this be smoothed with a file, or does the roughness provide some holding for the blade.
The toe & heal sections seem to adjust reasonably well, over the needed range.
Any other areas of the plane to look at and tune. Any suggestions on adjusting the plane for use. By the way, I have read through the description of the #92 on 'The Superior Works - Stanley Blood & Gore' web site.
Thanks for any suggestions.