By cross-referencing the key features below, you should be able to narrow down the age of your plane to within a few years of manufacture.
* Estimated, Extrapolated, or Unconfirmed ~ Represents an approximate date *** Tools shown in the photos on this site were returned to functional condition by Virginia Toolworks using museum quality archival preservation techniques.
A smaller block plane designed primarily for manual training use.
The front knob is turned rosewood (on the earlier planes) or hardwood (on the later planes).
The knob threads onto a threaded boss, and should you be in need of one, you can snag one off a #110This is a piece of junk that only a collector, when overtaken by a fit of momentary insanity, would ever dare own. It was offered in a boy's tool set, but never as a separate plane, in Stanley's catalogs.
Sharpened and tuned for use, every tool is fully tested and adjusted until perfect.
I've converted some of the plane dating information found in Patrick Leach's Plane Type Study into an easy-to-use hypertext flowchart.
It is a rectangular, box-shaped plane sold as a high quality tool designed for the finer work of piano making and cabinet making.
Its sides are ground flat and are square with the sole so that the plane can be used on its side (to function as a shooting plane and fine endgrain work) either right or left handed.
So I take it apart and clean off what rust I can, surface dirt and grease. Once the edge and face have a nice polish I finish off on a chunk of leather primed with polishing rouge.
Block Planes from the Author’s Collection " data-medium-file="https://virginiatoolworks.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/block-plane-collection-3-11.jpg? Using existing reference material from the previous type studies, I poured over old catalogs, advertisements, the planes themselves, and anything else I could get my hands on.
The first step it to assess the piece, see what needs replacing and how square it sits.