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Forum topic by SergioC posted 04-10-2011 04:30 PM 4881 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-10-2011 04:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane stanley restore

Can someone let me know how old this plane is? A google search returned a couple for sale here and there, but no real information. My dad had it laying around and he doesn’t remember where he got it from. It’s 14” and has markings C559MP, Stanley, Made in USA. Doesn’t seem too old but it’s hard to tell and any other information would be appreciated. I plan to restore it and maybe make new handles. Any other info would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 04-10-2011 05:52 PM

That is a pretty recent vintage. Probably ‘60s to ‘70s. I don’t remember when they abandoned the old numbering system. Should clean up fine. You will probably be happier with it with a new tote. Those ridges on the tote can raise a blister pretty quickly. Just check the machining under the frog and make sure it is nice and smooth. Some of the more recent models don’t have the same fit and finish as the older ones.

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#2 posted 04-10-2011 05:55 PM

The stamped lateral adjustment agrees with David’s assessment. Sadly, I don’t think you’ll be terribly happy with this plane but don’t let it discourage you. Tune it up, then start looking at the earlier vintage Stanleys. Good luck!

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#3 posted 04-12-2011 02:41 AM

That is a Stanley Handyman model. One of the Stanley economical lines. Not their best but you can make it into a usable plane. Frog adjustments are a bit more tricky without a frog adjustment screw. Would say the vintage is 60s-70s.


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#4 posted 04-12-2011 04:26 AM

Definitely after 1967 when they stopped making the type 20, but I can’t be more specific after that. It’s very similar to one of the Stanley econo #5’s that I had some years back.

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#5 posted 05-04-2011 12:40 AM

I’ve been thinking what to do next based on these comments and more research, and after taking the plane apart today I’ve decided not to restore it. Now I can see what you guys were saying that it was an economy model. Flimsy components too. Guess it’ll go in a corner somewhere for now and I’ll look for one where my effort would be more worth it, especially since I don’t have much spare time these days. Thanks for the information.

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#6 posted 05-04-2011 01:02 AM

I still vote for a restore on it Sergio provided you have a few hours to spare. It will give you a great idea how to tune a plan properly especialy if you can get that one to work well. The first one i tuned was a junky Groz, it took a while but it works very well for me now. Knowing that its not an expensive plane i wasnt worried about screwing it up or making a giant mess out of it either. Then when you do find a better one you’ll have no problem getting it in good working order. Just my opinion though,

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#7 posted 05-04-2011 01:12 AM

I’d at least clean it up and sharpen the blade, but I doubt I’d do a full refurb either. It might work ok though.

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