|Forum topic by CharlieM1958||posted 08-14-2012 05:05 PM||2634 views||0 times favorited||48 replies|
08-14-2012 05:05 PM
I posted this the other day, and now I have a question for you Stanley plane-typing gurus:
I pegged this as a type 6 initially. The frog receiver, and the construction of the lateral adjustment lever definitely match with a type 6, and not a type 5. However, all the dating sources I usually refer to state that the threading of the adjustment wheel was changed to left-hand on the type 6, and this one definitely has the older right-hand threading.
I know it’s fairly common to see mismatched parts on an old plane, but I’ve never seen a single piece (the frog, in this case) that seems to contradict the type studies.
Type 5 lateral adjustment lever:
Type 6 and later lateral adjustment lever:
Here is the latest I just picked up from the post office:
It’s a sweet little No.5, which, at first glance, appears to be a type 6 (1888-1892). It looks ugly as heck right now, but there is really not a thing wrong with it. Trust me, it will clean up beautifully. I was the only bidder, at a grand total of $20 with FREE shipping.
I see lesser quality #5’s selling all the time in the $30-$40 plus shipping range, but I reckon the price on this one was killed by the dreaded hanging hole drilled in the sole. I see this all the time. Plane buyers seem to avoid these like the plague. Am I missing something? I realize any alteration hurts the value of a real collectible, but an old #5 is about as rare as a flea on a dog. So is there some practical reason for staying away from these that I’m missing?
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"