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Forum topic by SamuraiSaw posted 394 days ago 564 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SamuraiSaw

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394 days ago

Ok guys, my latest addiction arrived in pretty decent shape. It’s a Stanley #3, and is a sweet plane. Cleaning, sharpening, and tuning didn’t take long at all.

I’d like to figure out how old it is. The lever cap has the kidney shape and Stanley with a red background, but no patent # on the back. The blade has Stanley stamped on it, but no date code. The only remarkable thing about the plane is the knob and tote are painted black. The paint appears to be original.

Any date clues to look for?

-- Friends don't let friends use right tilt contractor saws......


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sikrap

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#1 posted 394 days ago

go to www.rexmill.com and then click on the type study bar on the right hand side.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 394 days ago

More than likely a Type 19, dating between 1948 and 1961.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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History

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#3 posted 394 days ago

How about some pictures.

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Don W

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#4 posted 394 days ago

Pic’s are required :-)

But I have a list of dating resources listed here.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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#5 posted 394 days ago

Well, I been married for over 42 years so I don’t do a lot of dating; but if I did I don’t think it would be with a plane.

-- Michael :-{| Diapers and politicians both need to be changed often; and for the same reason.

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Don W

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#6 posted 394 days ago

Yea Crank, my wife won’t let me date either.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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SamuraiSaw

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#7 posted 394 days ago

Well, I been married for over 42 years so I don’t do a lot of dating; but if I did I don’t think it would be with a plane.”

LOL…....I was hoping somebody would bite on that!!!!

OK, so here’s what I’ve determined. Thanks to Dave I believe the plane to be a Type 18 with a date of 1946-1947. Based on the handles:

the adjusting knob:

and the orientation of the name Stanley as well as the square corners of the blade:

Here’s a picture of the two (the #3 and the #4 snuggled together!

-- Friends don't let friends use right tilt contractor saws......

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Manitario

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#8 posted 393 days ago

I’ve found this plane dating page helpful many times:
http://www.hyperkitten.com/tools/stanley_bench_plane/

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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SamuraiSaw

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#9 posted 393 days ago

Somebody put an awful lot of work into that site!!!!

-- Friends don't let friends use right tilt contractor saws......

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