My version of the Stanley no.1/2 and Stanley no.1/4

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Project by toolchap posted 05-28-2010 08:22 PM 3755 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This story started back in 1998 as I remember, when I had found a second Stanley no.1 in the most unlikely of places. My first had been an 1892 patent and the second was a 1936. Sitting looking at them, I marvelled at the beauty of the lines, the patina and an era past. I tend to cling to a quality largely reminiscent of bygone days and this little plane moved me. The idea came to reproduce a miniature version and this gave birth to what I call the Stanley no.1/2. Obviously some clever chap came along and asked me if there was a Stanley no.1/4! Damn! I had to build another.
Then last year on my birthday, a client walked into my shop and looked at a panelplane I had built for myself and wanted to buy it. I said it was not for sale as I used it. He asked whether I would build him one and after a short discussion, I saw him to be serious. This was one of those beautiful experiences in its entirety. I had not thought of building handtools for commercial use as I had kept this strictly part of my soul. Upon delivery however, Andy stood with the plane in his hands, tears in his eyes and said that it was the most beautiful thing he had seen. There was a gentle passion in those moments which I will never forget and most of us craftsmen are usually to be satisfied with the money as payment. Andy gave me a piece of his soul in that trade and what followed. I have a working museum of old tools here with a much unnapreciative audience in general in our culture except of course if there is a fiscal value to be attached. He wanted to buy a few of my tools and we traded some more to the satisfaction of both. Having shown him my little no.1/2 is what led to the comission of the little plane and a quiet joy in building something special for a good soul. It now being finished, I have a quiet happiness to see it go to a good home.

ps. He has just commisioned me to build a no.1/4.

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#1 posted 05-28-2010 08:23 PM

Nice planes you got there

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#2 posted 05-28-2010 08:28 PM

Wow at first I thought you were going to say you refinished a NO1 plane
This is an amazing reproduction very fine work.


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#3 posted 05-28-2010 08:28 PM

very cool , tool, and story.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 05-28-2010 08:42 PM

Again, I will steal Mafe’s expression: I bow in the dust…...

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 05-28-2010 08:47 PM

Thank you guys….tis a love for me….tis in the quiet.

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#6 posted 05-28-2010 08:56 PM

Very impressive.

Thank you for sharing. I look forward to more


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#7 posted 05-29-2010 01:36 AM


-- Let's see......what can I use this for?

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#8 posted 05-29-2010 01:56 AM

That is so cool toolchap!

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#9 posted 05-29-2010 03:18 AM

Sir, I Haiku you.

Two hand planes so small
Memories of yesteryear
Art work of today

-- Steve, Portland, OR

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#10 posted 05-29-2010 03:56 AM

This is an amazing reproduction very fine work.

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#11 posted 05-29-2010 12:51 PM

They are really amazing, I’m without words (almost)...
I especially love the fact that they seem to be old, look like they are ‘originals’, beautiful.
I do not see a side adjustment on the planeblades, is this because it was not there on the no 1, or was this a really rude and stupid question?
I feel a burning in my fingers after seeing this, my God, if I had done something like that I would be really proud.
You really got my respect, and I bow also in the dust (I quote my self).
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#12 posted 05-29-2010 03:50 PM

There is something in the hands of a workman that gives a part of his soul to his work. Thank you for giving
us a glimpse into yourself and for inspiring us to be able to prove that what we make will be a better reflection
of ourselves. You did not mention how many hours were involved, or are you like some of us and regard the
clock as something that should not rule our lives. Thank you once again.

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#13 posted 05-31-2010 10:49 AM

thank you very much for the beautiful words….tis appreciated more than you can imagine…..div and I live outside of the appreciation sphere and bolster each other up when our souls get low.

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#14 posted 05-31-2010 07:04 PM

I too am speechless, and envious of your talents.
They are wonderful and you certainly are very talented craftsman

-- Bert

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#15 posted 11-05-2010 02:14 PM

One word..WOW ! Have you given any thought to a Stanley 45..?

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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