I’m writing this to help everyone avoid some of the confusion I have encountered trying to buy parts for a particular plane. For me it started with an early #3 i bought with a broken frog.
First I went to this Plane dating flow chart 1-20. It works ok, but a lot of information is on the part of the frog I didn’t have. Also you never know if all the parts (particularly the iron) is original.
I had purchased this replacement frog for my #3 of of ebay.
But this is was what mine is”
Notice the legs are shorter
The nice thing about The RexMill site is it has pictures.
So I knew mine didn’t have the frog adjustment screw, but didn’t realize there was more to it when I ordered the replacement frog. At this point I still didn’t really know if it had a lateral adjustment or not.
In comparing it seemed to be a type 4 or 5. A look at the iron showed “Stanley” in a straight line instead of a curve, which should represent a type 5.
So I’ve been waffling back and forth between a 4 (without a lateral adjustment) or a 5 (with a lateral adjustment). I am currently under the impression its a type 5.
The other information that is a bit misleading is whether the number is stamped in the bed. Apparently a type 5 had the number stamped in the bed, and mine did not. Further research lead me to understand that the number may not have been stamped in the 2’s and 3’s. Again, it could be a 5.
Off to compare feature on the Stanley Plane Features Timeline MegaChart. This chart is amazing. It should help narrow down the type even more.
So I guess its a 4 or a 5, and if I find a replacement frog with an lateral adjustment that fits it will make it a type 5, if I find one without, it’ll wind up a 4, although my goal would be to keep it original if I know what that means. Any further insight would be greatly appreciated. In the mean time, it works just fine with the broken frog.
I love working as a “plane” mechanic, and this will not deter me at all. The more I learn, the more fun it becomes.
Hope this helps
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