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Forum topic by mandatory66 posted 04-17-2016 11:57 PM 454 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-17-2016 11:57 PM

I have a LN #2 plane for a couple of years and i spotted an old Stanley #2 at a 2nd hand shop a while back for $30.00 dollars. I cleaned it up & sharpened the iron and have been using it for a while.It is much more comfortable to use as there is more room for your fingers than the LN plane. The LN measures 7.5 inches in length & the old Stanley measures 8.0 inches in length. The Stanley is also lighter weight. In use I find that I go to the old Stanley much more now than the LN. Why are the length of these planes different?

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#1 posted 04-18-2016 12:30 AM

One is the original and the other a copy, just saying. They say the best form of flattery is to copy something. I like to use the older models, but there are good plane makers still out there today. I don’t own any LN but I do have a nice block plane by Veritas it seems to be well made. By the way, that was a very good find for the Stanley number 2 at 30.00, the lowest I’ve seen them go is 150.00. Have fun, make some dust.

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#2 posted 04-18-2016 01:25 AM

I think I red somewhere that Stanley made 2 different lengths depending on the year.

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#3 posted 04-18-2016 01:29 AM

Don’t know if the bedrock design has anything to do with it.

Edit- bedrock sole measures 7”

30$ for a 2 is dirty cheap

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#4 posted 04-18-2016 10:38 AM

What you have is a pretty rare late production #2. Stanley made a few 1/2” longer. You found a great piece and for $30 you stole it.

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#5 posted 04-18-2016 04:33 PM

What you have if it is 8” is a super rare form of the Stanley #2 and if its in good shape is actually more of a collector piece than a user. It’s your plane if you want to use it then just know it’s rare. I’m guilty of using rare tools as well i’m just a lot more careful with them. Post some pictures of your gem when you get a chance I’d love to see it.

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#6 posted 04-19-2016 01:18 AM

The plane is definitely 8 inches long, I all I have done was sharpen the iron but I was not satisfied with the performance. I ordered a thicker iron with a new chip breaker from Lee Vally and it made a huge difference in performance.I have the old chip breaker & iron put aside. The plane in what i would call average condition,there is some peeling of the chrome on the lever cap, the black paint is about 90% and the wood is good with no cracks,just a minor nick gouge on the top. There is no rust but a gray patina covers the sides. The bottom is shiny from use. I can take a thin shaving with the plane .001 .002 thick. The size difference of 1/2 inch doesn’t sound like much but allows you to get a grip on the plane like it was a #3. Since I got this plane the LN sits on the shelf. I do not belong to Photobucket so I can’t post a picture.I am not the techy guy it’s tough at 78 yrs. young. I would recommend this plane if you come across one. Thanks for the information you provided.

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