No 8 plane: flea market find with afew pics and questions

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Blog entry by KevinBlair posted 02-18-2012 08:56 PM 7623 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Went to the flea market this morning. I walked by this a few times before picking it up to have a closer look. As I was trying to figure out the make, the seller says to me: “It’s a Stanley 14”. It’ll clean up nice. $10.00 if you want it.” Sure looks longer than 14” to me and I cannot see any markings to tell me more, but $10.00 seems too good. I say: “10?” He says: “Yeah, $10.00 and it’s yours.” So, I bought it.

The first couple of pics are how it looked when I bought it. The last few are after I cleaned it, got the surface rust off, and sharpened the blade. As I cleaned it, I got the strong feeling it had been tuned up and used a lot. I tried it out on a pine 2×6 (see pic). It’s only pine, but it cut fine shavings like it was going through butter.

Only 2 markings on it: NO 8 at the front (pic didn’t turn out too well so I didn’t post it) and the markings on the blade (see pic).

Any ideas of what I have here?

I now own 6 planes. All from flea markets or ebay and I have cleaned/restored each one. I am not sure what I’ll use this one for. I don’t own a thickness planer and I assume this hand plane is for that type of work. What was/is

the primary use of a NO 8 hand plane?



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#1 posted 02-18-2012 09:07 PM

the #8 is a jointer and a beast of a jointer plane at that. Its used to flatten a face after scrubbing and before smoothing. It can also be used to joint one side straight and square. You got a nice score there!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 02-18-2012 09:49 PM

You got an early stanley bailey. Prob type 5 thru 8, should say stanley on the lateral adjustment lever, and potentially have pat dates there as well. Does it have the frog adjustment screw, behind the frog, and in front of the tote?

You got an absolute steal! Great score.

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#3 posted 02-18-2012 10:16 PM

Thanks for the responses. It seems I got lucky with this one. I just looked and the lateral adjustment does have markings. It reads:

“Pat. 72488 Stanley”

It also has “B” stamped in a couple of places.

No frog adjusting screw. You have to remove the blade and loosen the two bolts to slide the frog forward to backwards.

I just did a google search for the pat. date and found these two entries:

Site 1:

Type 8 1893-9 No BAILEY on adj. nut. Lateral lever has only one pat. date “7 24 88”.

Site 2:

Type 8. Planes made by Stanley 1899-1902.
All of the features of the previous, except:

“S” casting marks eliminated, and replaced with “B”, another foundry mark.
“7-24-88” is the only patent date found on the lateral adjustment lever. “STANLEY” is still there.

These appear to match exactly what i have, so it must be a No 8 made sometime between 1893-1899. Now I wish I had bought the other two planes this seller had with him! I may go back tomorrow and see if he is there again.

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#4 posted 02-18-2012 10:44 PM

Outstanding score, you have a wonderful user there! Lots of resources will teach on it’s use, including many entries here on LJs. Enjoy it, I love (and use all the time) my #8…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#5 posted 02-19-2012 01:11 AM

wow, you stole that thing. I paid close to $100 for my #8. Its a jointer plane. Used primarily for jointing edges. Other uses include flattening. If he has another one for $10, I want it. I’ll gladly pay shipping and handling :-)

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 02-19-2012 03:41 AM has a stanley plane type dating spreadsheet or “taximomic” tree.
Or google Patrick Leach blood and gore.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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