Identifying a Stanley No. 5 Plane

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Forum topic by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 03-30-2011 04:22 AM 9244 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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03-30-2011 04:22 AM

I have a Stanley No. 5 plane that my wife picked up for me at a yard sale. While it’s not in great shape, after a dip in Evaporust it looks a lot better than I originally thought.

I wonder if anyone could help me identify its date (approximately, of course). Here is the information I’ve collected:

- Body has a No. 5 on the front end. That is the only marking I can find anywhere on the body.

- Blade: 2” x 7-1/4”; marked Stanley Rule & Level Co.

- Lateral Adjustment Lever: Marked Pat. 2876 1C2184 72488, each number under the preceding. Also has “Stanley” engraved along the length of the lever, towards the top end from the patent marking.

- Adjustment Knob Inner Surface: unable to read all of the text but this is what I could get - Bailey Pat August 6, 1867.

The lever cap has no markings, nor does the plane iron cap. The lever cap has a keyhole-shaped hole which I have heard was changed to a kidney-shaped hole at some date.

Don’t know that there is any other information I can provide. My camera isn’t working well, so I can’t get a picture right now.



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#1 posted 03-30-2011 05:16 AM

Jim, based on the info you supplied, I’d say it sounds like a Type 6, manufactured between 1888 and 1892. 1-20

Go to the above site and answer the questions.

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#2 posted 03-30-2011 07:31 AM

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#3 posted 03-30-2011 08:04 AM


Depends not only on the Number but what Type of Stanley Plane it is i.e. Bench, Smoothing etc. This Site is where I took the Pictures from. Perhaps you might see yours Here or look at the Dozens they have on there.

They made a LOT of 5’s, 5-1/4’s, 5-1/2’s etc.

bubinga: Why did you post all those Sites! Now I’m gonna have to go and have a look at them ALL…LOL.
and enjoy every minute of it. Thanks My Man!!!


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#4 posted 03-30-2011 08:24 AM

They were all book marked in my favs

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#5 posted 03-30-2011 08:30 AM

That’s exactly where I just put them all also..LOL.. That last one is GREAT!! Tons of Pics and Info on there!

Jim: Check that one out for sure!!

Thanks again bubinga! I’ll go back and give them a good look see when I have a little more time.

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#6 posted 03-30-2011 12:32 PM

Jim – You’re text description is excellent, but there are several subtle cues that could make a difference…a pic or 3 would be helpful. Cian Perez’s website is amazing….I’ll add as another useful site…their type study is really good. Thanks for all the “new to me” link EJ!

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