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Forum topic by JFobare posted 08-11-2010 06:57 PM 2655 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-11-2010 06:57 PM

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Hello everyone! I purchased this No. 4 hand plane at a garage sale a couple weeks ago but now am having trouble identifying and dating it and I was hoping to tap into the vast knowledge y’all offer here. The only marking on the entire plane is the No. 4 by the knob (which is considerably shorter than most I’ve seen).
Also the lever cap is textured (hope you can see it in the pic.)
I’m thinking Stanley Type 4-5 or its just a dirtly ol’plane with a mix and match of parts…either way I can’t wait to get it cleaned up and back in service! Many thanks in advance…Joshua

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#1 posted 08-11-2010 07:29 PM


Google Patricks blood and gore .. they have all the info in the world on old stanley hand planes.

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#2 posted 08-14-2010 04:24 PM

I doubt it he will find anything on Patricks site, its dedicated to Stanley only. This plane is not even close to be a Stanley, Frog design (groove at top and round corners) and the flat part on top of the knob make me think of probably a Union plane. That lever cap I’ve seen it on several Vintage wood sole Stanleys but since I don own one I can’t verify 100% still with proper cleaning and a sharp blade it should be a solid user for many years.

Good luck and if it helps, check up my blog, I have several restorations, mostly Stanley Baileys, it could provided you with some guidance and don’t hesitate to contact me if you need further help.


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#3 posted 08-14-2010 10:42 PM

Thanks Alonso, I guess what is really throwing me off is that dimpled lever cap and the fact that there is no identifying marks anywhere on any piece, aside of the No. 4. I’ll keep looking and comparing, I appreciate the feedback!

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