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Misc. Shop Stuff #46: Quick Look: Stanley S4

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 06-14-2014 03:29 AM 1058 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 45: Quick but Necessary Repair Part 46 of Misc. Shop Stuff series Part 47: Stanley Clapboard Gauge »

Picked up a Stanley SW #S4 recently, thought I’d show some detail in a post.

A faint, stamped “No S4” in front of the knob.

Here’s how it looks apart:

Worked up the iron, caught an image showing the burr…

Then together.

Just some shots to show a plane in detail that’s not all that common. Thanks for looking!

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



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stefang

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#1 posted 06-14-2014 07:48 AM

Must be great to be able to buy these old planes Smitty. This one looks pretty old. We don’t have any old planes for sale here in Norway, at least none that I’ve ever been able to find. I bought some Lie Nielsen Chinese knock offs. They are wonderful planes, but very heavy, so a bit more tiring to use at my age. I still like using my Stanley jack plane (I bought it new about 35 years ago) and also my Stanley/Bailey #4which is about 4 years old. I use them mainly on softer woods as I have my other planes adjusted for hard woods.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 06-14-2014 11:14 AM

I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts over time how you think the S series compares with the Baileys. I’ve got a couple and they seem to work as well but I don’t really use mine. I know you’ll use yours.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#3 posted 06-14-2014 12:31 PM

Thanks for sharing Smit. Where did you get it? I am sure that S4 can shine up pretty.

Unrelated story. I just admitted a sweet little lady Thursday with a broken wrist and pelvis. Her 103 birthday is today. The first thing that I thought when I pondered her age was: she was born when Stanley just started making type 11’s. Thats how I relate to her age.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#4 posted 06-14-2014 12:35 PM

Mike, it is nice to pull these planes back into a user world for at least awhile. And, like you, I’m not sure I’m a fan of heavier planes ‘just because they’re heavier.’

Don, first impression is not that good from a user perspective. Freshly sharpened and hones, shavings not that good although fettling was easy enough. It’s built like a tank, but applied to a smoother (vs. jack, for example) might be counter-productive to producing good work.

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

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#5 posted 06-16-2014 08:34 PM

Never seen one of those before.
Best thoughts,
Mads
Lovely worktable. ;-)

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 06-16-2014 09:11 PM

Yo, you know this S4 will not be shined up in any way (other than what’s required for performance) once it hits my shop floor. It is what it is, my friend, and it will stay that way until it moves along. The #62 and #11 stand alone as the only planes to get refurbed thusfar.

Hey, Mads! I hadn’t seen one close up before, either. Decided to treat myself to an item on Patrick’s list earlier this month, and this plane caught my eye. SW logo and decal are tough to pass by when put together…

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

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#7 posted 06-16-2014 09:49 PM

;-)

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 06-17-2014 07:27 PM

Very nice Smitty. Good to see it found an appreciative home. Congratulations and thank you for sharing with the rest of us.

“I just admitted a sweet little lady Thursday with a broken wrist and pelvis. Her 103 birthday is today. The first thing that I thought when I pondered her age was: she was born when Stanley just started making type 11’s. Thats how I relate to her age.” – Fun to read about your analogous processing. Hope the old girl is doing well.

-- ~Tony

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#9 posted 06-23-2014 04:21 PM

lovely work Smitty

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#10 posted 07-21-2014 01:16 AM

T- she died this week. She had a pulmonary issue that landed her in the ICU along with the requisite medical flogging. Finally she said enough and declined any further medication. She slipped away the next day. I struggle to comprehend the bravery.

Sorry for the hi-jack Smitty.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#11 posted 07-21-2014 01:19 AM

No problem Yo.

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

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#12 posted 07-21-2014 01:26 AM

I just picked up a couple of type 11’s. Its gonna be hard to pick up a type 11 and not think of that story. Its funny how people you never met can change your thought process.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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