Dating a stanley block plane

Posted by / 18-Nov-2019 09:45

This is the first in a series of low angle (12 degrees) block planes that have the blade adjustment mechanism most of us know and love.

It consists of a knob fixed to a threaded rod, which engages a sliding seat that's either cast iron or folded steel.

So, either your plane has mixed parts or the type studies may have some errors here and there.

I know of a few, it would not surprise me to learn of more.

Thanks again Dan, I can't tell exactly from either John Walter's Stanley tools guidebook or Patrick Leach's "Stanley Blood and Gore" website ( BG/stan9.htm) but it appears that the 60-1/2s were much like the 60s except for japanned trim. Walter writes, "Type 1 has a rosewood front knob and does not have an adjustable throat as featured in later types. I appear to have found the same low angle plane that Dan Bayliss described in 2003.

Early models have Traut's 8/3/1897 patent date in the casting." What's not clear to me is whether the 60-1/2s also had a Type 1 with the same features. It has the 8 on the bottom of the throat piece, a Stanley adjustment knob, and no other markings, other than a number on the frog that could be a 69 or a 691. It is 6" long, and 1 11/16" wide (actually, I found this thread by searching for 1 11/16" width block planes, and this is all I found). I could not find anything at Patrick's Blood and Gore that matched these dimensions.

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I had forgotten about this post and was surprised to see my name pop up unexpectedly. Dan Everything looks exactly like mine, including the throat adj.

Be careful, as it is possible to make the movable edge hit the blade.

This is the only direction that I worry about modifying as full open is usually not as important.

The black Japanning on the lever cap would indicate a 60-1/2.

According to Patrick Leach, the adjuster was changed to a machine knurled one some time in the 1930s.

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I've seen a few examples of this plane, and other similar model low angle block planes with the same adjustment mechanism, that have had their adjusting knob snapped off the threaded rod, only to be welded back together.

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