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Forum topic by drfixit posted 11-06-2009 04:55 AM 1143 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2009 04:55 AM

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Hi folks, I’ve had this plane for years, dont know where I aquired it or when for that matter. The only markings on it says Made in USA. Anyone have a clue about a brand, or exactly what type of plane this is?

Thanks people!

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#1 posted 11-06-2009 05:30 AM

It looks like a smoothing plane from the 50’s or 60’s. I am not sure of the manufacture.

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#2 posted 11-06-2009 06:50 AM

I would date it around the 20s to 30s. About that time I think Stanley started moving from the standard slot on the lever cap to the kidney bean shaped one. There was no mechanical reason to do this but Stanley was the leader in the plane business and supposedly began feeling the heat from competitors and made this change to stand out from the pack. Of course everyone soon followed Stanley’s lead.

If your looking at ‘Vintage’ Stanley planes on EBay, if it has the kidney bean shaped slot, it may be collectible because of limited production or some other obscure reason, but it ain’t vintage or close to it.

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#3 posted 11-06-2009 07:04 AM

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#4 posted 11-06-2009 08:06 AM

Im pretty sure its not a Stanley, took the handles off and the only other marking I can find on it other than the 2 places its marked Made in USA is a letter C under the rear handle. Maybe a knock off of a Stanley though.

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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