I just bought the Stanley block plane from CLC and am having trouble adjusting it. As the cutter (blade) is advance, the depth adjustment screw becomes increasingly more difficult to turn. Also, as the blade breaks the plane of the sole it almost touches the adjustable front of the sole even if that is fully opened.
I noticed that the front of the plate attached to the depth adjustment screw rises as the the screw is turned in to advance the cutter. As a result the cutter's front is lifted up and its edge moves forward.
I believe the cause is that the slot in that plate is slightly too short. As a result the adjustment screw rubs against the bottom of this plate and, as the screw moves into the plane, pulls the back of that plate down thereby raising the front of the plate.
Questions: Has anybody seen that issue? Any ideas for how to fix it?