2 Sweetheart planes, #55 combination planes, Stanley block planes, Stanley Victor jack planes and many more, you can find all the great old Stanley and Stanley Bailey wood planes on sale here daily!His exploration of the dead-ends of wood plane design evolution is also illuminating and fun.They also made and offered the 141 and 143 plow planes for a longer period of time.To learn all the history about the different models and types of # 45 & 55 planes one would ever need to know I recommend the great guide written and published by Dave Heckle past president of MWTCA.If you want to determine the date or type of a particular Stanley plane or see the wood plane features timeline, you may wish to visit the Stanley Bench Plane Page.In the United States, the words “tools and hardware” and “Stanley” are almost synonymous.Older metal tools were japanned (coated with black pigment), while later planes, like the Stanley No. 71 (type 09-1915) Router - Plane 3 Cutters / Nr Stanley No.
Frequently, many of these so-called “innovations” were surface changes that didn’t necessarily make the product better or easier to use. Interestingly, the planes that were not especially popular back in the day are the most valuable ones to contemporary collectors—they were only produced for around 15 years as opposed to the 60- or 70-year run of a normal Stanley product. 45 combination plane, which is like a plow plane but also cuts various curved molding forms. 45 was produced between 18, and is still used by woodworkers.
Stanley's Bedrock planes had a unique frog design milled flat to match the bed of the plane. It has the proper 3 line Bedrock cap, round sides, 1 screw frog adjuster and low front knob of a type 4. Everything else about this fine 607 jointer plane is Like New / Fine and all original. He applied his trademark coat of clear lacquer to protect it from rusting and put it in a glass front case he made for his collection. The type 1 / 2 Bedrocks had the special new mated frog design but were numbered with just a single number.
The standard line of Stanley planes have cast recesses where wood 'chips were prone to gather with the real possibility of throwing the plane out of adjustment. A nice example that will make for a great user when detailed out / tuned up. The other distinguishing feature of these early Bed Rocks is that there is a milled out area where a patent date that was in conflict with a competitors patent was ground out. It has been lightly cleaned, and has a rich dark patina. A previous owner did scratch his name on the side with an electric pen.
Comparing a Bedrock plane to the standard line of bench planes Stanley offered is like comparing a Cadillac or Corvette to a regular Chevy or Vega. This plane could be made to look very presentable with a through cleaning and new tote installed, or it is ready to go back to work as it sits. It has the proper 1 line Bedrock cap, flat sides, 3 screw frog adjuster, tall front knob, 2 patents, etc. There are no casting cracks or other problems in the body or main casting. The sides and bottom have no rust or pitting and look good as well. It looks as if the chip breaker has been replaced, but the cutter is the proper vintage and nice. It is marked #7 and has the ground out patent date. When Stanley first introduced this style of plane they numbered them like their typical line of planes.
Both were made by Chevrolet, both are cars and but what a difference. Nice enough for the collection, or it will make a great user. The one apology is the nick in the 3 line lever cap. The tag on the side indicates the collector bought this in 1987 about 35 years ago. Overall it is a very nice plane and good enough for the collection, or will be a fine user. There is no rust or pitting to speak of, just some dust from sitting on the shelf. The knob and handle are the premium Rosewood of the era and very nice. It was not until the type 3 offered in 1900 that they started using the 600 series to number the planes and differentiate them from the regular line of bench planes.