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planeBill

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403 days ago

Are 4 1/2 bodies and side wings usually thicker than even a number 7? I have a 4 1/2 with an unusually heavy body casting. It is in wonderful condition and performs like a champ. Sitting here looking at it and my 7 it is very noticeably heavier than any other plane I have.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.


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racerglen

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#1 posted 403 days ago

Bill there was a specific 4 1/2 that was designated as a “Heavy” one.
Check Patrick Leach’s “Blood and Gore” thread for that.

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 403 days ago

No “H” in the casting though. A rare plane too.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#3 posted 403 days ago

It’s probably a WW2 plane which were made with heavy castings. Got a photo?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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planeBill

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#4 posted 403 days ago

Ill try to put up a pic later but don’t the ww era planes have that black blade adj wheel? This one doesn’t but did have those black coated tote and knob which replaced with a new set of sepele handles and boy are they pretty.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#5 posted 403 days ago

In the small town I live near, during WW2 a Army Aircorps B17 training base was built.
There are many planes from that era are around here. I have 4 of, 2-#3s, a #5, and a 5 1/2.
From other sites, it says anything goes on these, seems to be true.
The # 3 models I have, one has black painted totes, the other red. One has a steel adjuster knob the other brass. Both have heavy castings, with fairly coarse machined surfaces.
The #5 has black painted totes, hard rubber adjust knob with a brass threaded insert, heavy sole, coarse machined.
The 5 1/2 is more odd, finer machined standard weight sole, no thread in the sole for the frog adjustment, but the frog has the hook for the adjuster screw. Steel blade adjuster knob.
Black totes that have solid steel screws to fasten them to the sole.

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planeBill

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#6 posted 403 days ago

I think we all know how diverse and varied Stanley planes are. Sort of makes it a headache sometimes. Still, I like em a lot and use them more than anything else in my tool chest. I recently bought a new veritas block plane which everyone seems to rave about and soon after using it I reverted back to my Stanley 65.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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planeBill

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#7 posted 403 days ago

4 1/2 on the left and my 7 on the right. Not the best pic but you can see the difference in the thickness.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#8 posted 403 days ago

and here is the new wood. again not the best pics but that’s just me.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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