All dimensions that follow each number indicate the length of the sole, the width of the cutter, and the weight of the tool.
Sharpened and tuned for use, every tool is fully tested and adjusted until perfect.
Let the games begin, starting with the bread and butter of Stanley, upon which they built an empire, the Bailey patent bench plane in its various configurations.
This approach doesn't guarantee that you'll date your plane correctly, as the flowchart can be thrown off by some hybrids.
The best approach is to use the flowchart to date your plane, and then visit the Plane Type Study and Plane Feature Timeline to verify the type. (Does anyone want to take pictures of parts that are hard to describe?
w=240&h=180" data-large-file="https://virginiatoolworks.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/block-plane-collection-3-11.jpg? w=630" class=" wp-image-554 " title="Block Plane Collection" src="https://virginiatoolworks.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/block-plane-collection-3-11.jpg? 18/19 series of block planes, there doesn’t appear to be much information on the nos. Frustrated at this, I began a quest two or three years ago to identify the major changes in the design and production of Stanley’s premium block planes, with a focus on the no. Rather than try to create a formal type study, I decided to focus more on the practical goal of simply establishing criteria for dating the planes within the narrowest possible time frame.
w=240&h=180" alt="Block Planes from the Author's Collection" width="240" height="180" srcset="https://virginiatoolworks.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/block-plane-collection-3-11.jpg? While there are still some gaps and inconsistencies across models (some of which appear within the published type studies of the nos.By relocating the circular hole toward the bottom of the cutter, the iron can be used right up to the slot, without sacrificing the advantage gained from the lateral adjustment lever.Block Planes from the Author’s Collection " data-medium-file="https://virginiatoolworks.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/block-plane-collection-3-11.jpg? Using existing reference material from the previous type studies, I poured over old catalogs, advertisements, the planes themselves, and anything else I could get my hands on.Four categories seem sufficient to describe and roughly date a plane: Pre-lateral for any plane that has no side adjusting mechanism for the cutter, low knob, SW model or tall knob (SW stands for Stanley Works but is usually called Sweetheart) and late models for WW2 vintage and later.I've converted some of the plane dating information found in Patrick Leach's Plane Type Study into an easy-to-use hypertext flowchart.Some simply put the wrong bit in the wrong place, some customised their tools to suit their needs - the possibilities for change are endless.