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Forum topic by AMERITAS posted 05-10-2021 07:13 PM 281 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AMERITAS

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05-10-2021 07:13 PM

I have a No. 3 that has patent issue dates in the depth adj. wheel. It has a smooth bottom.
Can you say what age it could be.


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sansoo22

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#1 posted 05-10-2021 07:34 PM

Kind of hard to tell from those pictures. At least a type 5 since it has a lateral adjuster but the size casting in the toe doesnt look quite right. That looks more like a type 6 to me. Could be an early type 6 with the older style type 5 iron in it.

Here is the link to Don Ws site for dating Stanley planes.
https://www.timetestedtools.net/2016/01/27/stanley-type-5/

A quick look at the lateral adjuster will let you know if its a type 5 or not. That was the only type to have that style lateral adjuster. Hope that helps out some.

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#2 posted 05-10-2021 07:47 PM

Hyper Kitten can get you started dating the plane. Really would need pictures with the knob removes, the frog base and a better picture of the lateral lever.

https://www.hyperkitten.com/tools/stanley_bench_plane/dating_flowchart.php#Types%201-20

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#3 posted 05-10-2021 10:34 PM

More of No. 3

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#4 posted 05-11-2021 12:16 AM

The lateral lever with disc and the two grooves in the frog seat place this one squarely as a Type 6. The iron/cutter with the arched SR&L logo and having a release hole in the top of the iron indicates a mix up with an iron from an earlier type 4 or 5. Actually a very good condition plane considering it’s age… About 1888 – 1892.
Regards, The Kentucky Toolsmith!

-- "Good enough" is just another way of saying "it could be better"...

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#5 posted 05-11-2021 04:43 AM



The lateral lever with disc and the two grooves in the frog seat place this one squarely as a Type 6. The iron/cutter with the arched SR&L logo and having a release hole in the top of the iron indicates a mix up with an iron from an earlier type 4 or 5. Actually a very good condition plane considering it s age… About 1888 – 1892.
Regards, The Kentucky Toolsmith!

- KYtoolsmith

All that plane knowledge you have shared with me must be paying off. My initial estimate was spot on. And I agree its in very good condition for the age. I wish my type 5s and 6s looked like this.

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