Hey everyone, I’ve been busy with school and still trying to perfect the finish on my desk. But I took a break to go and see my uncle today I noticed this sitting on the work bench, I told him that I’ve fixed up some planes before and he told me that I could have it. SCORE!
I’m having some difficulty dating this Stanley No. 10 1/2. I’ve been on Patrick's Blood & Gore page and Hyperkitten's Stanley Bench Plane Type Page and I haven’t been able to get it narrowed down very well. Close as I can figure by Hypperkitten’s page is that it is a Type 8 (from 1899-1902) since it has a “B” cast on the body (along with No. 10 1/2) but I do not find a patent date on the lateral adjustment lever, it does say STANLEY, so it is a little conflicting there according to Hypperkitten’s page. The blade says “STANLEY” “PAT AP’L 19.92”. The man who owned would’ve been about 90 years old, there are initials on the side of it although they are not his initials.
Could it really be that old? There are no other markings on it anywhere, not on the brass knob, not on the frog, not on the cap. It seems to be in decent shape, I haven’t found any cracks (in the metal) yet but I still need to clean it, the front knob is cracked. Flat head screws. Maybe it’s a different frog that the original on the body?
Thanks for any input!
-- Grant - N Dakota