Stanley 5 1/2 plane parts

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Forum topic by bohnsai posted 03-07-2011 02:48 PM 5374 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2011 02:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stanley bailey frog plane vintage tools

I just bought a vintage Stanley Bailey plane off of craigslist. Previous owner said it was circa 1907 but won’t know how to verify. Regardless, the only thing wrong with it other than needing a good base lapping was part of the frog was broken. The plane will still work because enough of the frog is left to keep the blade supported, although now it will be harder to adjust the blade.
I figured if anyone knew where I could get repair and replacement parts for this plane it would be here.

The parts I need are the frog , “Y” adjusting lever, and frog mounting screws. Items 6, 7, and 10 on the attached diagram.

I’m also looking for the shoulder assembly for a No. 78 plane I inherited. I might be able to find them by looking around harder but just in case, I’d like to know where I can find parts.


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#1 posted 03-07-2011 03:29 PM

Ebay. Find a similar plane in poor shape, buy it for the parts. It won’t take long to find one on there, just keep watching.

As for dating the plane, I found this website extremely helpful.

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#2 posted 03-07-2011 03:41 PM

Hi, just did a quick search and found this site.

They have a secondhand frog for a 5 1/2. You need to scroll down the page quiet a bit until you get to the right section. Their part number is S5Z and here’s a picture of it. Price A$16

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#3 posted 03-07-2011 03:56 PM

The 5 1/2’s an awesome plane. You won’t have any trouble finding one on Ebay to scavenge the frog from. Unfortunately for you, the 5 1/2 has been a bit more expensive lately, although much less so than the 4 1/2. You could still pick up a beater for less than $40. Who knows, you might even get a nice blade on the deal. This is one plane that’s definitely worth spending the time on. Good luck.

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#4 posted 03-07-2011 10:22 PM

Thanks for all the input. I am checking out ebay and there are a fe leads there. Question though: is the frog for the #5 1/2 different from the #5? I know it is different from the #4 as I have one of those planes and thought I could interchange the two.

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#5 posted 03-07-2011 10:49 PM

Stanley had a few different styles of Frog over the years so you will want to make sure the replacement is the same style as the one you have. The #5 frog may be to small but could still work. I am not sure on that one.

You can search for specific plane parts on ebay also rather then buying the whole plane. Also you may want to take a gamble and buy a non Stanley plane for its parts. The Stanley plane and plane parts are more expensive on ebay. If its just some screws and the york that you need I would salvage them from a different make. The frog screws will most likely be the same as well as the york… Not always though..

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#6 posted 03-07-2011 11:00 PM

The 5 1/2 is a wider plane than a number 5. The frog is wider. The
screws and adjuster are probably the same as most number 5s.

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#7 posted 03-07-2011 11:14 PM

To help tell the year, Early #5 1/2 planes were 2 1/4” wide, after 1939 they were made 2 3/8”w.

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#8 posted 02-19-2012 08:15 PM

One way to tell what type and date your plane is, is to go to :The Superior Works: Patrick’s Blood and Gore Planes #1 – #8C , web site and it has every plane stanley bailey ever made.

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