|Forum topic by Brett||posted 832 days ago||1473 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
832 days ago
Most of my hand planes have been purchased online (out of necessity—-I live in a newer part of the U.S. that doesn’t many old tools laying around). I’ve asked my brother to let me know if he comes across any old Stanley hand planes (he lives in an older part of the U.S.), and today he sent me a picture of a pre-WW II Stanley Bailey, but I can’t tell the size (the No. is obstructed by the knob).
I can easily tell a Stanley Bailey No. 4 from No. 5, 6, or 7 even when I can’t see the size number on the plane, but I sometimes have trouble telling a 3 from a 4 or even a 2. I know that 2s are rare, so mostly likely if I can’t tell, it’s probably a 3 or 4, which are not at all rare.
Has anyone come up with some ways of identify a 2, 3, or 4 from a picture when you can’t see the number and there are no other scale markers? The “aspect ratio” (length divided by width) of these three sizes are all very close to each other (4.31, 4.57, and 4.50), so that’s not much help.
-- More tools, fewer machines.