Stanley plane dating
If the plane you are working on has stripped threads in the body it might be just as advantageous to find another plane.Look over the body for cracks too, particularly around the mouth and the sides or wings.On the flipside, I would not buy a NOS in the original box plane for a user, let the collectors fight over those.There is a lot of talk about individual types of these planes being better than others (particularly type 11).Good throat, no rust, pitting or other casting problems to speak of. It is almost an art in a sense, and it can be done well, or poorly. This plane has been tastefully cleaned, and lapped and is in very nice condition. This is a type 1 Stanley # 6 dating from 1867 - 1869. Others may cost more, but none will operate better than a regular old Stanley bench plane when properly tuned.
I chose these planes to show what can be done with a little elbow grease.They are plentiful, low cost and can be made into a magnificent tool with a little time and effort.These planes are well documented, it is easy to find the age and changes made thru their production history at sites like Patricks Blood & Gore and Hyperkitten has an excellent plane dating flowchart on his website if you are curious about a Stanley plane you have.This #4 1/2 C corrugated smooth plane is a Type 7 dating it from right around the turn of the century. The cutter is near full length and has the Q / Pat 92 logo . A super condition plane nice enough for the shelf, or ready to go back to work. There is no rust or pitting just a nice even patina. A hard to find early plane that will be a welcome addition to any advanced collection. This corrugated Stanley #7 jointer plane is very nice. The original buyer paid special attention to condition, and he picked a nice one here. There is well over 80% of the finish and this plane has been carefully and tastefully cleaned and lapped. This Stanley # 4 1/2 extra large smooth plane looks to be a type 16 from just before WWII . This is a very early Stanley Type 4 # 4 1/2 that dates from 1884 when they first introduced this size plane. A hard to find early model that deserves a place on the shelf in the collection. A super condition plane nice enough for the shelf, or ready to go back to work. This looks to be a type 10 - 11 with a slightly later lever cap which could be "right" as Stanley did not adhere to type studies as they produced planes using parts from different eras to fill orders.