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.
has probably gone through many hands and changing fortunes.
Some were showered with attention by their former owners, others suffered the worst possible abuse.
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.
* Estimated, Extrapolated, or Unconfirmed ~ Represents an approximate date *** Tools shown in the photos on this site were returned to functional condition by Virginia Toolworks using museum quality archival preservation techniques.
Sharpened and tuned for use, every tool is fully tested and adjusted until perfect.
I intend to eventually format the data into a more usable format, but for now I want to put it out for reference and feedback.
By cross-referencing the key features below, you should be able to narrow down the age of your plane to within a few years of manufacture.
Some owners worked them so hard that they had to replace one or several parts.Some simply put the wrong bit in the wrong place, some customised their tools to suit their needs - the possibilities for change are endless. 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. 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.A great deal of research has been dedicated to dating Stanley’s bench planes over the years, with type studies established for the Bailey and Bedrock lines, as well as many of the most popular specialty planes. 9-1/2 and 18 series), I’ve been able to narrow down the manufacturing date ranges for most major features. While there are still some gaps and inconsistencies across models (some of which appear within the published type studies of the nos.