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Shop Tools #21: Stanley 66 Hand Beader

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 10-01-2013 03:57 AM 1916 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have wanted one of these for quite a while and last week the gods of eBay smiled upon me. The beader is essentially a mass produced scratch stock that puts profiles on wood. Stanley made them from 1886 to 1941. Because this one is jappaned, it was made before 1898. Handplane Central has some information here.

When shopping for them you want to look for one that preferably has its fence and set of 9 cutters. You can also make your own cutters with custom profiles. Both Lee Valley and Lie-Nielsen sell versions of this tool. You can also buy cutters from Lie-Nielsen or from St. James Bay Tool Company. This 66 only came with two replacement cutters. I will be looking to get a full set plus some blanks or steel to make my own.

Instructions for making your own fence and cutters can be found here.

Blood and gore info on the beader here.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov



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#1 posted 10-01-2013 04:00 AM

Ah, very nice!

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

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#2 posted 10-01-2013 04:21 AM

Thanks Smitty.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 10-01-2013 07:41 AM

I was given the Veritas version for Christmas a couple of years back, but I haven’t played with it much yet. I love simple tools.

Congrats on yours.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#4 posted 10-01-2013 11:57 AM

Nice set Wayne. I made one then found the 66. I’ve been making my own, but would like to get a set some day.

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

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#5 posted 10-01-2013 01:12 PM

Very nice, Wayne! I’ve got the LN66 on my b-day wish list for the month’s end! Looks like a great tool…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#6 posted 10-01-2013 02:12 PM

Thanks guys. Terry, I had been wanting the LN for a long time but never aligned the want with the availability of cash. I got this one for about 1/3 the LN’s price.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 10-01-2013 02:29 PM

^sweet deal…plus any tool older than ME has a cool factor to it that brand new cannot touch! LOL

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#8 posted 10-01-2013 02:35 PM

But the LN is so pretty. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 10-03-2013 01:39 PM

What a wonderful find.

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

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#10 posted 12-13-2013 09:27 PM

It’s a beauty Wayne.
I have the newer models, but yours are way more beautiful.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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