Dating old stanley planes
I've converted some of the plane dating information found in Patrick Leach's Plane Type Study into an easy-to-use hypertext flowchart.Hopefully by answering a few questions about your plane you can determine which type it is.The sides are ground flat and, supposedly, square to the bottom.
Defects, such as pitting and other detractions, are always noted in the item descriptions.That association had a rocky history and that story is detailed in Roger Smiths books on the history and development of Patented Transitional and Metallic Planes in America Vol. These designs have famous names like the Miller's Patent or Schrade associated with them as well as other lesser known inventors patents and ideas that Stanley bought and utilized in their designs.The Stanley Rule and Level Company spent a lot of time and effort developing a market and filling the need or demand of early craftspeople wanting top quality tools.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.