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StumpyNubs

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10-03-2011 04:57 PM

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Time for this plane to meet it’s maker! Just picked this one up for a song and need help figuring out who made it.

At first glance it looks like a Stanley 9 1/2 low angle block plane. And that seems to be confirmed by the blade, which is indeed marked with “Stanley 9 1/2”. BUT…

There is no logo anywhere on it. Below the adjustment knob where it often says “Made in the USA”, it just has “USA”. It does have the recess where the Stanley label on is often found, but nothing is there. It is possible the label, which is not engraved on some newer versions, has come off.

The plane doesn’t appear very old, maybe a couple decades. The most curious thing is that it has a knob instead of the regular key-hole and lever to hold on the cap. I saw one plane once with this second knob and a Stanley label, but that’s it.

The reason I am wondering is because I seem to recall another manufacturer making a plane that looked just like this one. I can’t remember the name. I want to figure out if I got a great deal on a good plane or a good deal on an imitation.

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#1 posted 10-03-2011 05:08 PM

It’s a Stanley, just missing the label. See here: http://lumberjocks.com/David/blog/1114

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#2 posted 10-03-2011 05:24 PM

I saw that, but looks can be deceiving. Several companies had their label on planes that look just like this, right down to the square recess where the Stanley sticker was placed. I’ve seen a craftsman much like it (except it had a wood knob).

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#3 posted 10-03-2011 05:31 PM

The USA in the casting is the curious feature, since the knob has been seen on other Stanleys (such as the one linked above). Are there any other casting marks in plane? The fact that it does have a Stanley blade leads me to believe that it’s a Stanley plane as well since most of the time used planes come with their original iron. I may be wrong though.

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#4 posted 10-03-2011 05:33 PM

Judging by the condition and age of the plane I don’t think its old enough or has been used enough to burn through a whole iron. So Its doubtful that the Stanley iron is a replacement. With that said I think the plane is more then likely a stanley.

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#5 posted 10-03-2011 05:41 PM

You may be right, I don’t know why anyone would replace a blade with a Stanley on such a new plane. If I was going to replace a blade that wasn’t worn out, It’s unlikely that I’d go order a Stanley blade. I’d get the same brand as the plane (if I didn’t know any better) or a quality aftermarket replacement.

The exception would be if somebody had more than one plane and swapped the irons by mistake, or intentionally because they cooked the original on the grinder.

I wonder if someone else cast these parts and sold them to other companies. Millers Falls, Craftsman, Stanley, Sargent, all have very similar castings. That would explain why the Stanley label is stick-on and not cast in.

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