Dating stanley plane blades
Thirdly, if they are bellied they need not be abraded to flatness.
Fourthly, if they are hollow they are ready to go and need minimal restorative work beyond minor abrading and polishing out along the back of the cutting edge.
This is (I’m told) a bit like speed dating , your job is to weed out the twitchy, drooling, camo-wearing sociopaths to find a suitable mate for life. The downside to plastic is that it gets really slippery if you sweat even a little.
If you’re not an expert in planes, you can still buy a good one if you know the hallmarks of a quality tool. The tote on the far right is what you want: Well-formed, curvy and rosewood. A quick look at this part of the plane will tell you immediately if the tool was made for a professional or for a homeowner. It has a round disc that mates with the iron; this provides a smooth action. The wheel that controls the depth of cut is nicely knurled brass.
The vintage tool data below is incomplete with regard to exact dates for each tool, but as I continue to research these old tools through various internet and print resources, I'll try to supply accurate information regarding tool "type" or date-of-manufacture. Used for smoothing and surfacing of wood, and edge jointing preparation.
First offered by Stanley in 1870 after their acquisition of the production license for Bailey's seven plane patents in 1869, the most important of which were the 8/31/1858 cammed lever cap and the 8/6/1867 cutter adjustment, still manufactured today.
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But for this blog I wanted to say at last I have come across an obvious laminated English-made Stanley plane iron in the one I bought recently on e Bay.
The tote on the far left is a blister-making machine.
What started out as just picking up a few hand planes to help with specific projects has turned in to a search to acquire the complete selection of Stanley tools of a particular model or date range. 12 Try Square to get the job done, but I find I'll start digging through old catalogs to determine the features I like (in this case, the cross-hatched handle pattern rather than the stippled handles, the cast in hanging-hole, and the gun-black blades with white letters rather than the Nickel plated blades, for example), then attempt to procure all those tools over the course of a few months.
With many of these vintage tools available for just a few dollars, collecting them turns out to be fairly inexpensive when compared to buying new, quality hand tools.
Also, the place where you grasp the lever is made using two pieces, another mark of quality. You can still adjust the frog on this plane, it’s just not as easy or as precise.
The lateral-adjustment lever on the right is what you want to avoid. It won’t move easily, but it sure will bend easily. – Christopher Schwarz Looking for More Woodworking Information?