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07-07-2012 09:15 PM

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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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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

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

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#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.

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

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

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

Looks like it was modified by an owner.

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