What hand plane do I have? #1: Stanley hand plane

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Blog entry by lightvet posted 09-20-2009 05:15 PM 12493 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am trying to find out more about the Stanley hand plane I have. I have visited websites with a lot of information but I am still at a loss as to production date, etc.

Under the frog stamped on the bed is c 74 1/2, the frog has c 44 on the bottom and U 4 (vertically) on the other side. The lever cap/ chip breaker has 8 U on the bottom, and the blade has “Defiance, by Stanley, made in USA, No. 1205) on it.

Anyone have any suggestions for info?



-- Jeff - Athens GA

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#1 posted 09-20-2009 05:23 PM

Have you looked here?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#2 posted 09-20-2009 05:27 PM

I don’t think so (all a bit of a blur). I forgot to mention that it is 14 ” long, 2 3/8” wide with a 2 ” wide blade.


-- Jeff - Athens GA

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#3 posted 09-20-2009 09:05 PM

This page gives a “Walk through” of sorts to help you date your plate. I tried it, and it seemed to work pretty good. I can’t guarantee the accuracy, but it seems to be fairly detailed.

Good luck! Where did you get it by chance? Any good flea markets over there in Athens? I went to the flea market in Pendergrass, it was a bit of a let down. I can remember when it was really good, but not now.

Give us an update when you find out
Marietta, GA.

-- He who dies with the most tools wins!.....Just wait, I'm going to win!..ERR my wife will at least.

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#4 posted 09-21-2009 04:52 AM

Is the base made of wood? I have a hand plane made wood, actually got a couple of them. They are handy.

-- Mike, VT

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#5 posted 09-22-2009 02:07 AM

Thank all of you for your welcome and the responses to my question. As far as the plane goes, it is not a wood plane or a “transitional” plane. One source I found mentioned:

“Description: Block Plane. Defiance No. 1205 Pressed steel. Made by Stanley and sold in hardware stores. Dates from about 1927 These planes are unmarked except for the cutter…”

However, a hand plane book I have seemed to indicate is was older. I will keep looking into it just for fun!

I picked it up at a local ReTool store; and I have had almost no luck finding planes anywhere around this town.

-- Jeff - Athens GA

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#6 posted 01-14-2012 04:23 AM

I think I have one of these mystery planes too. I paid $5 on eBay for it.

It has the same “c 74 1/2” stamp on the body under the frog, the body had the “Made in the USA” near the knob, the iron also has “Stanley Two Tone” stamped at the top, the frog and the cap iron are painted a dull yellow, the interior of the plane body is painted terracotta red. It is roughly 14” long, I also see a stamped “C 116” on the under side of the lever cap.

Soaking it now in Evapo-Rust, these two pictures were onthe eBay page for it.

-- Paul Stewart • Goodlettsville, Tennessee

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#7 posted 01-14-2012 04:32 AM

Sounds like a #5 based on length/width. Not sure thr type.studies will include Defiance planes or not.

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#8 posted 01-14-2012 09:54 PM

From the link below:

”the plane has cream/yellow japanning on the body, nothing on the sides or sole, red on the frog and chipbreaker, nothing stamped or engraved or painted on the lever cap, no adjusting screw on the frog, and either “stanley two-tone” or “two-tone by stanley” on the blade.

PTAMPIA2 says that they were made in three sizes (block – OH20, smooth – OH4, and jack – OH5). They were first made in 1939 as a limited offer for the National Hardware Open House of 1940, and discontinued on May 13, 1941. They were brought back to life in 1949 to be offered for the National Hardware Open House of 1950, and permanantly retired in October of 1951. The earlier ones are marked “Stanley Two Tone – Made in USA” on the cutter. The later model sported “Two Tone by Stanley” in script lettering. Overall, they are a handyman version of the regular plane.”

Given that the one I have has the same colors as the one mentioned above only reversed and that the iron on mine is stamped “Stanley Two Tone – Made in USA” I believe mine is an OH5 jack plane made for National Hardware by Stanley between 1939 and 1941. I have since searched eBay and seen 10-12 other planes listed as “Stanley Two Tone” with one of them matching mine to a T.

Doesn’t mean a lot but nice to know something about the history of the plane. Now I’m off to start restoring and tuning it.

-- Paul Stewart • Goodlettsville, Tennessee

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