Dating a stanley block plane
This plane was designed to smooth small areas and was found practical by many since it can be used with one hand, much like a block plane is.It never has a number cast on it, nor was it ever provided a lateral adjustment lever.
A cracked tote is another fairly common flaw found on these planes.
There are guys making reproduction totes for these and other planes. Another form of damage I've noticed on them is one I can never understand how it ever happened in the first place.
Circa: early 1900's Condition: Good Manufacturer: Stanley Rule & Level This is a good, clean, early vintage Stanley block plane dating back to the 1910 era. The cutter is sharp, nice clean iron, with lots of stock left for feature use.
It is clean, rust free, with about 50% of it's original black Jappaning intact. This block plane features the large thumb wheel with 5 holes for adjusting the cutter depth, works great!
Leonard Bailey designed what has become the standard plane configuration that's still in use to this day.
He was the undisputed champion of the plane slugfest that errupted in the decades after the Civil War.Every serious collector of old tools wants one of these little monkeys, which makes the cost of owning one rather steep.I wish I bought every last one I saw a dozen years ago - I'd be wintering in Palm Beach, if I had.If you're at all fascinated with handplane design, follow this link to read all about the Better Moustraps smoother.This stuff is applicable to all Stanley bench planes of the basic Bailey design (as well as those that incorporate the Bailey patents such as the Bed Rocks), and comes from my observances of thousands of these planes.An original has its rod perfectly parallel to the sole of the plane, whereas the reproduction has its tilted upward toward the tote.