How do you tell what year a Stanley plane is?
If you noted one patent date and there is a raised ring, your plane is Type 14 and dates between 1929 and 1930. If you noted zero patent dates and there is a raised ring, you have a plane of Type 15 to 20. If you noted zero patent dates and there is no raised ring, you have a plane Type 1 to 8.
What is the frog rib on a Stanley plane?
The rib (the one the frog rides over) is enlarged and arched. A frog adjustment screw, first offered on the Bed Rock planes, is now added. This is located below the frog, and engages a fork that is screwed to the frog. A turn of this screw will move the frog forward or backward, depending on the direction it is turned.
What is a Stanley No 4 used for?
The Classic STANLEY No. 4 Sweetheart Smoothing Bench Woodworking Planer is made from extra thick, 1/8-inch A2 steel for excellent edge retention, with a one-piece base and frog. The wood planer hand tool has a norris-type adjuster with lateral locking feature, and adjustable throat plate.
What makes a Stanley plane a sweetheart?
The Classic STANLEY No. 4 Sweetheart™ Smoothing Bench Plane is made from extra thick, 1/8 in. A2 steel for excellent edge retention, with a one-piece base and frog. Norris-type adjuster with lateral locking feature, and adjustable throat plate.
What is the frog on a hand plane?
The cast metal frog on each model holds the entire cutting iron assembly comprising both cutting and cap irons and also, when fitted, the lateral adjustment lever, the depth adjustment knob and the frog itself, the purpose of which is to adjust the frog back and forth in relation to the fore part of the plane’s sole.
What type Stanley plane is best?
The Bailey style number 7 jointer plane is the most popular option, especially the Stanley Bailey No. 7 jointer planes (find them here). I would avoid buying a number 8 jointer plane, unless you’re pretty strong.
What is a No 6 plane used for?
The No. 6, also called a ‘fore’ hand plane is good for jointing edges and flattening and smoothing large surfaces, such as table tops, panels and workbench tops, where you might not want or need the length or weight of a larger plane.
What is a No 4 plane?
The No. 4 smoothing plane is historically the most common size. It is an excellent balance of sole length and cutter width to be useful for typical furniture parts.