How to Adjust the Frog on a Bench Plane | Paul Sellers

How to Adjust the Frog on a Bench Plane | Paul Sellers

The frog in the range of bench planes designed by Leonard Bailey for Stanley planes like the #4 smoother here can cause some confusion, but they really don’t do that much either. In this video, I show you what limits it and where it is best to set it to for daily use in planing encounters. It’s dead simple!

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  1. David Majersky on May 28, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    That was interesting cleared up some things I have been struggling with.

  2. Rob And Sharon Seddon-Smith on May 28, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    Very useful, thank you.

  3. CrimeVid on May 28, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    Thanks Paul, the frog adjustment nonsense comes up all the time, and there is so very little there.

  4. N Moran on May 28, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    My question is why would you want a great big opening for the most part these are tools that removes small amounts of material they have other tools to remove large amounts of material good refresher course though

  5. Tim Farley on May 28, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Yay first comment You are awesome Paul thank you for all that do!

  6. Michael N on May 28, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Some days when stressed I just like to go down to the workshop, sharpen my plane blades and plane some scrap pieces.

  7. Matt Evans-Koch on May 28, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Thank you Paul for this information. I made the mistake of moving the frog back on a #4 and discovered that the iron would not advance far enough to contact the work as the heel of the bevel pressed against the bevel on the plane sole. Now my suspicions are confirmed.

  8. David Clark on May 28, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    I have an older No 4 Made in England. I had to move the frog relatively far back otherwise the black would not be back fully out. If possible, can you show a couple of closeups of how your frog in set. Thanks in advance.

  9. Marcenaria hobby 7 pallet on May 28, 2022 at 8:24 pm


  10. zimmermaniacs on May 28, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    thnx Paul, for this clear explanation…this was something I was struggling with, and I recently got a no5 for free but I had to disassemble it completely because 30 years of rustlayers….now I know how to set it decently

  11. MC's Creations on May 28, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Pretty interesting indeed! πŸ˜ƒ
    Thanks a lot, Paul!!!
    Stay safe there with your family! πŸ––πŸ˜Š

  12. bighand69 on May 28, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Unless you file the opening there is no real way to make it wider.

  13. Dylan Neely on May 28, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Mr. Sellers you’re a true blessing, like having my dad and grandfather back for a few minutes a week. Thank you for caring about a craft with a passion that’s so rare nowadays.

  14. Bear Shield on May 28, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    thank you

  15. TC time on May 28, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Glad I found this channel. πŸ‘just subscribed!πŸ‘ŠπŸ˜πŸ‘

  16. Darin on May 28, 2022 at 8:37 pm


  17. Ancient Tom on May 28, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    You said "if I align the soul somewhere around there", while pointing your finger to something that I can’t see in the camera image, what you are pointing to or it’s meaning, because you switched in mid sentence from talking about the frog to adjusting the soul which doesn’t move. I’m pretty sure that you were talking about a reference position of the frog to the rear of the mouth but I can’t see where that is based on the pointing of your finger.

  18. Lumber Jill on May 28, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    I’ll have to try this! Thanks Mr Sellers!

  19. Woodful Projects on May 28, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    I’ve taken, through the years, a lot of your advice. Thanks for everything you’ve been sharing with passion. I’m pretty sure you’re a reference, not only to me but to million others. Cheers

  20. whoopdiddy on May 28, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    This has been driving me crazy on my #7 , I can’t get any more than a sliver opening , the only way I get an acceptable gap is when I raise my chip breaker way more than I like?

  21. Chris Scully on May 28, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    "how to hold a hammer" you serious

  22. Keith Staton on May 28, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    I had a perfectly a good #4 Stanley and a very worn but effective #5 bailey for years that I never knew how to tune. Since finding Paul they work like they were meant to work.
    Thanks again, I bought your book as well as the plane makers book you recommended this week, shipping to the east coast is worth it for quality.

  23. KmanSweden on May 28, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Planes are still a bit of a mystery for me. I’ve only bought one, 2nd hand on yardsale. and don’t really know if it’s broken or even if the parts belonged together.. I have "restored" it and sharpen the blade so it does cut but often shavings stick in the corners of the mouth of the plane…

  24. jonescrusher1 on May 28, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Why is it called a frog?

  25. Jesras Dovahkiin on May 28, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Any tips on getting the frog perfectly parralel to the motuh? I feel i always tightened it skeved

  26. The Walnut Woodworker on May 28, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    My planes dont have that πŸ™ im working with type 6 planes.

  27. Storm Khan on May 28, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Hi Paul, on a semi related note, I found amongst my fathers old things an instruction leaflet for a Stanley plane. It looks like it’s from the 1960’s. On one side it details the various parts of the plane, how to sharpen the blade and how to adjust the blade. The flip side has ‘Hints’ on how to use the plane and of course a promotional section showing the various other Stanley hand tools in their range. As the picture on the leaflet is for a #5 plane I’m assuming this leaflet came with the #5 plane that is sitting in my workshop which I inherited from my father. I could scan the leaflet and send it over if you are interested.

  28. Jay Emporia on May 28, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Thankyou Paul! That was very helpful.

  29. Les Drinkwater on May 28, 2022 at 9:08 pm


  30. Jesras Dovahkiin on May 28, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Hi Paul, i have a old brace&bit i am starting on the craft newly i am super interested in it and i am 18 years old. So i don’t have much experience if any at all and i want to know how i can sharpen my snail pointed brace bit, i tried to file it but i couldn’t make a fair work of it since it doesn’t work smooth at all. I hope you can educate us on this topic.
    Best regards.

  31. Storm Khan on May 28, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks for passing on your experience Paul. On a somewhat different note, I’ve got a plane which is a fairly close copy of a Stanley Bailey #4 but it has an aluminium block for the frog! Will this be an issue as far as the working or longevity of the plane is concerned?

  32. M R on May 28, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you. I followed your video on plane restoration and it was a very enjoyable hour or two to tweak a couple of Stanly planes back into full working order. I did wonder about frog position when reassembling, but I just put them back exactly where they were as you show here and they worked perfectly – once the blades had been sharpened.
    Stay safe!

  33. joewrosenthal00 on May 28, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Useless: very poor explanation…

  34. Frank B on May 28, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Thanks. I never understood that.

  35. Sinderion on May 28, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Not gonna lie, I didn’t even know what that screw was for lol. I’ve watched vids about using and restoring planes that never address it, and even restored an off-brand plane that didn’t have one. I just got beautiful but rusty old Stanley #4 that I’m cleaning up to use and it has that screw. I was a little confused since I had never seen it before. Superbly timed video for me, now I can pay attention to it’s set. Thanks once again!