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02-09-2016 09:48 PM

So I was always curious as on Stanley hand planes what do the #s mean. Example a Bailey Stanley 5 1/4 plane.

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#1 posted 02-09-2016 10:06 PM

They’re model #’s Stanley gave them and are more or less just random.

This site will tell you all about each model #.

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#2 posted 02-09-2016 10:21 PM

Thanks

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#3 posted 02-10-2016 12:22 AM

the number is in witch Stanley introduced them sort of. 1-8 happen to all be in order of size. 1-3 and thin short generally used for smoothing. #4 is the general go to short enough to smooth but big enough to take off large amounts. #5 is often called the jack plane and is by far the most common. Both the 4 and 5 come in 1/2 as well (4 1/2, and 5 1/2) those are just wider and less common. the 6 is often over looked because it is too long to be a smother but to short to be a great joiner. the 7 and 8 are long joiners that will help give you flat surfaces. after that the numbers go all hay wire as they broke into the market of all kinds of tools.

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#4 posted 02-10-2016 12:48 AM

Thanks again, read the site that was previously posted, very informative and interesting. I then wonder by your stuff James W, about a 9 1/2 Block Plane?

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#5 posted 02-10-2016 01:03 AM

I believe 1/2 sizes are wider and 1/4 sizes are narrower or something along this lines.

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#6 posted 02-10-2016 01:28 AM



Thanks again, read the site that was previously posted, very informative and interesting. I then wonder by your stuff James W, about a 9 1/2 Block Plane?

- conifur

James’ info relates strictly to blench planes. The 9-/12 is a block plane and part of the “went haywire” when it comes to relating # to size. FWIW, the 9-1/2 is the most used plane in my shop. Matter of fact, I have 1 in my pocket as I’m typing this :P

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#7 posted 02-10-2016 01:30 AM


I believe 1/2 sizes are wider and 1/4 sizes are narrower or something along this lines.

- TheFridge

Not always. 9-1/2 is wider than 9-1/4, but they’re both narrower than the #9. Again, there is some rhyme and reason with the bench planes, after that all bets are off.

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#8 posted 02-10-2016 02:03 AM

Learn something new everyday.

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#9 posted 02-10-2016 03:36 AM

I believe the ”#” is the international character for “number”. So #4 → number four.

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#10 posted 02-10-2016 04:12 AM

The # is in the order they were first released. in the case of the 9 1/2 they released it when they were around #20 or so. but it was not a all new plane it was just a major modification to the #9 so 9.5 then later 9.25 they did the same thing with the #4 and #5. enough had changed that they wanted a new plane number but not enough that the wanted to chose the next one in order.

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#11 posted 02-10-2016 04:22 AM

Say What?
The # is in the order they were first released. in the case of the 9 1/2 they released it when they were around #20 or so. but it was not a all new plane it was just a major modification to the #9 so 9.5 then later 9.25 they did the same thing with the #4 and #5. enough had changed that they wanted a new plane number but not enough that the wanted to chose the next one in order.
in the case of the 9 1/2 they released it when they were around #20 or so. but it was not a all new plane it was just a major modification to the #9 so 9.5 then later 9.25 they
Sure NOT in numerical order????

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#12 posted 02-10-2016 04:27 AM

For the stanley numbers 1 – 8, it is the number of copies of that plane you need in your till to become a hoarder…

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#13 posted 02-10-2016 12:35 PM



Say What?
The # is in the order they were first released. in the case of the 9 1/2 they released it when they were around #20 or so. but it was not a all new plane it was just a major modification to the #9 so 9.5 then later 9.25 they did the same thing with the #4 and #5. enough had changed that they wanted a new plane number but not enough that the wanted to chose the next one in order.
in the case of the 9 1/2 they released it when they were around #20 or so. but it was not a all new plane it was just a major modification to the #9 so 9.5 then later 9.25 they
Sure NOT in numerical order????

- conifur

Exactly. Which is why I just go to the Blood & Gore site for any models I’m not familiar with.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#14 posted 02-10-2016 01:35 PM

I read his post to indicate the whole number designation is order by release sequence but not the fractional designation….and that fractions were added to later releases that were similar enough to previous released models that a new number was not warranted.


Say What?
The # is in the order they were first released. in the case of the 9 1/2 they released it when they were around #20 or so. but it was not a all new plane it was just a major modification to the #9 so 9.5 then later 9.25 they did the same thing with the #4 and #5. enough had changed that they wanted a new plane number but not enough that the wanted to chose the next one in order.
in the case of the 9 1/2 they released it when they were around #20 or so. but it was not a all new plane it was just a major modification to the #9 so 9.5 then later 9.25 they
Sure NOT in numerical order????

- conifur


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