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Forum topic by Clarkie posted 04-30-2016 01:52 AM 660 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-30-2016 01:52 AM

Hello, would appreciate some help in finding out if this is actually a Stanley Number 2 plane. I bought it because it was advertised as a 1930 Stanley number 2. It arrived today and I feel I’ve been had, the tote and the knob are of some type of light wood which has been darkly stained and there are no patent dates in the bed of the plane. Both the front knob and the tote has a totally different securing screw, no brass cap, no recession either. So, what I’m asking is if this is a newer model or if it is a married piece. Here are a couple photos, not to easy to tell things but you’ll get the idea. Thanks in advance for any help.

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#1 posted 04-30-2016 02:15 AM

During WWII, brass was needed elsewhere. IF you remove one of the bolts, the shaft should be blued. Tropical hardwood was in the hands of someone else, as well. The wheel to adjust the depth might either be a steel one, or a hard rubber one, rubber being in short supply at the time, as well.

Say from 1942-46…..

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#2 posted 04-30-2016 03:30 AM

The knobs and tote are probably correct. I think for thse years only hardwood was specified. I think that was about the only time rosewood was not used. Someone here Im sure will chime in. There’s a lot of people that knows planes here.

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#3 posted 04-30-2016 07:16 AM

Hello bandit and alittleoff, thank you for responding. The plane is advertised as a 31-33, so that would be 9 years earlier than the War. I guess it just throws me to see the Number 2 with such contrast, the adjustment knob is brass so it makes the steel caps for the tote and knob stand out. The lever cap screw looks to be brand new. I contacted the seller and they have offered a full refund, short of the 32.00 for shipping. I’ll more than likely keep the plane, but just never saw a 2 in this manner. Thanks again for your help, Clarkie.

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