Stanley plane dating
It includes links to Patrick Leach's original Plane Type Study and the Plane Feature Timeline.
The information in this Web page is derived from a type study done by Roger Smith, in his book "Patented Transitional & Metallic Planes in America." Patrick Leach reformatted the type study and added comments based on his experience with Stanley planes.
Sharpened and tuned for use, every tool is fully tested and adjusted until perfect.
has probably gone through many hands and changing fortunes.
The flowchart starts by asking questions about the cast iron bed of your plane.
By cross-referencing the key features below, you should be able to narrow down the age of your plane to within a few years of manufacture.
* Estimated, Extrapolated, or Unconfirmed ~ Represents an approximate date *** Tools shown in the photos on this site were returned to functional condition by Virginia Toolworks using museum quality archival preservation techniques.
I've chosen the bed as a starting point because it has many easily identifiable markings, and it probably wasn't replaced that often.
Unfortunately, many plane types share the same bed markings, so other features are also used in dating.
The post-war era also marked the return of brass adjustment nuts and brass attachment nuts for tote and knob.