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Shop Tools #21: Stanley 66 Hand Beader

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 286 days ago 1559 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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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 286 days ago

Ah, very nice!

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

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WayneC

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#2 posted 286 days ago

Thanks Smitty.

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

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Brit

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#3 posted 286 days ago

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 286 days ago

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 286 days ago

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 286 days ago

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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terryR

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#7 posted 286 days ago

^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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WayneC

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#8 posted 286 days ago

But the LN is so pretty. :)

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

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Dave

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#9 posted 284 days ago

What a wonderful find.

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

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#10 posted 212 days ago

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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