Stanley #101

  • Advertise with us

« back to Hand Tools forum

Forum topic by willie posted 07-07-2012 09:15 PM 1553 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View willie's profile


533 posts in 1876 days

07-07-2012 09:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane

I recently got my hands on a couple of Stanley block planes, a #100 and a #101. I looked up both planes and found pictures of both but my #101 is different. The sole of the plane is not flat but arched or turned up at both ends almost like a ski. It appears to be made this way. Does anyone know anything about this plane? It’s not like any other #101 I ever saw. I’ll post pictures when I can. Thanks, Willie.

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

7 replies so far

View Infernal2's profile


107 posts in 1619 days

#1 posted 07-07-2012 10:15 PM

You might find this helpful…

And it appears that the 100/101s were designed with a slight curve.

View Bertha's profile


12989 posts in 2115 days

#2 posted 07-07-2012 11:08 PM

CJ, how extreme a curve are we talking about here? I haven’t been in my shop in a couple of weeks but I remember my 101 being dead flat. Hmmmm. I’m curious.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

View willie's profile


533 posts in 1876 days

#3 posted 07-08-2012 02:08 AM

Thanks for the link Infernal2. I looked on that site earlier and saw what you’re referring to. This is not a 101 1/2. The curve is on the front edge and the back edge, not the sides. The 101 shown there and everywhere else I can find shows the bottom as dead flat.
Bertha, the bottom is flat from the center out to about 1/4” to 3/8” from either end where it makes a slight arch that puts the bottom edge about 1/8” higher than the center. I’ll get some pictures tomorrow and post them. Hopefully someone can tell me what this is. It does have “101” cast into the body and a “Stanley Level & Rule Co.” blade in it. If a previous owner modified it, he did a good job. It appears to be factory made this way.

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

View willie's profile


533 posts in 1876 days

#4 posted 07-09-2012 02:02 PM

Here’s a few shots of the #101. Hopefully you can see how it’s arched.

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

View chrisstef's profile


15472 posts in 2428 days

#5 posted 07-09-2012 02:15 PM

i can definately see the arch on it …. kinda weird. I never seen anything like that before. Lets see what the guru’s have to say in it.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

View Dan's profile


3630 posts in 2302 days

#6 posted 07-09-2012 02:38 PM

My guess is a previous owner altered the plane that way.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

View SamuelP's profile


782 posts in 2068 days

#7 posted 07-10-2012 07:05 PM

Looks like it was modified by an owner.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics