Dating stanley block planes
has probably gone through many hands and changing fortunes.Some were showered with attention by their former owners, others suffered the worst possible abuse.The blade clamping assembly is, in turn, connected to a long, partially threaded rod, which projects nearly perpendicular to the clamping assembly.Start by reading Patrick Leach's comments on Stanley plane dating. If you thirst for heaps of data on plane dating, visit the Plane Type Study or the Plane Feature Timeline. This page leads you down a hypertext flowchart to determine your plane type.This problem can be found on the earlier model of the plane with the cast iron knob that has a coarse "knurling" cast around its edge (these knobs are threaded onto the adjusting screw and either have 6 holes drilled through them or "STANLEY" cast into them.Check the joint of the knob and the threaded rod for cracks or any repairs.Thus, a turn of the adjustment knob either pushes forward or pulls backward the iron to regulate the plane's set.I've seen a few examples of this plane, and other similar model low angle block planes with the same adjustment mechanism, that have had their adjusting knob snapped off the threaded rod, only to be welded back together.
Stan Faullin helped by providing some of the pictures used in the Plane Dating Flowchart, and Steve Turner provided the Post Script version of the flowchart.
It was made in the early 80's if I remember correctly because I went out and bought one. It wasn't in production for very long so I sold mine to a collector. I think I've got this right I'll try to do some research. The others I'm keeping, including the 2 Veritas low angle block planes, and the Stanley 90.