Can you help me I dentify my great grandfather's Plane?

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Forum topic by onesojourner posted 01-10-2015 04:15 PM 764 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-10-2015 04:15 PM

My dad inherited this plane when my great grandfather passed away. He has had it wired to a display board for the last 20 years. I would like to figure out everything I can about it. Using the hyperkitten website and google images my best guess so far is that it is a type 15, but I am not sure I understood all the questions. I did not use any hand tools when I was growing up so I know very little about the parts of a hand plane.

I plan to get restore this guy and get it all tuned up. Can anyone recommend and magazine articles that would help with the restore?


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#1 posted 01-10-2015 04:22 PM

Stanley “Four Square”

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#2 posted 01-10-2015 04:23 PM

I would suggest looking it up on Patrick Leach’s blood and gore a site dedicated to Stanley planes. You can get parts for Stanley planes at Highland Hardware if any parts are missing. It looks complete from the pics. I would clean it and oil it, sharpen the iron, fettle the sole ( flatten it) and see how it does. Nice family heirloom. Tom

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#3 posted 01-10-2015 04:33 PM

I agree. It does look like a four square but some of the pictures of four squares have a 4 square logo on them, so I was not sure if that was correct.


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#4 posted 01-10-2015 05:32 PM

Wouldn’t hurt to ask on the “hand plane of your dreams” forum.

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#5 posted 01-10-2015 05:37 PM


Over the years, there were variations in the style of the lever cap.
For those who insist on seeing the “four square” logo, I suggest you have a look at the remnants of the sticker on the rear handle.

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#6 posted 01-11-2015 12:36 AM

I agree with Doc.

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#7 posted 01-11-2015 12:45 AM

Ditto the four-square.
when the sharkskin lever cap looks like it was borrowed from a Stanley transitional, without the little “whale-tail” detail on the lower edge… yeah, Four Square. One of my faves Doc is right about the decal, if it survived.

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