Dating stanley block planes
Quickly Identify Your Hand Plane And follow this link for more help. After 1885 when Stanley added the lateral adjuster, All Stanley Bailey and Stanley Bedrock planes had this style adjuster. Bedrock type study The Birmingham Plane Manufacturing Company of Birmingham, CT (1885-1900) Birmingham Plane (B Plane) The lateral adjuster on a Sargent made plane.
Make sure yours in question has the Stanley Lateral shown above.
I've chosen the bed as a starting point because it has many easily identifiable markings, and it probably wasn't replaced that often.
Unfortunately, many plane types share the same bed markings, so other features are also used in dating.
I converted the type study to hypertext and added the plane dating flowchart and feature timeline.
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.
Defects, such as pitting and other detractions, are always noted in the item descriptions. EXTREMELY RARE & EXC *PIC*All items listed are complete with original, vintage parts without defects.
These features are avoided where possible, along with features that appear in only some planes of a given type (i.e. Where possible, the flowchart uses parts that were probably replaced less often, such as frogs, depth adjustment screws and lateral adjustment levers.
Sargent 1910 and before: The Sargent twisted lateral had 2 different guides, The type 2 (horseshoe style on the left) and type 3 (bent type on the right) Sargent 1911 and After: (Including Hercules) That lateral adjuster on a Millers Falls made plane. Note this twist is slightly different than the Sargent or Union.
Early Ohio Lateral Later Ohio Lateral That lateral adjuster on a Stanley made Defiance plane.
All items listed are complete with original, vintage parts without defects.
Knobs and handles where applicable, are free of cracks, chips and/or repairs.