Stanley 55 plane dating
Oh, and just recently a Lewin Universal and a #55... And yet other, equally knowledgable and experienced woodworkers, use them all the time.In an attempt to get all the on-line information sources in one place, and not let Blood & Gore have the last word on them [grin], I give you my Shrine to the Boat Anchor.August 19, 1902 - Raised frog receiver for better strength. As said above, this barely scratches the surface of patents for Stanley/Bailey bench planes.This is only the ones that appear on the "Bailey" bench planes for the years in my accumulation. Planes, Scrapers & Spokeshaves, and other tools have threaded parts have proprietary & obsolete threads and are not available in hardware stores. To assist you in supplying the right parts for specific models and vintage tools, please provide me with pertinent physical details: markings on the tools -patent dates, trademarks, etc.In addition, most items are described with remarks in respect to percent of original finish (including re-paints); pitting; chips; breaks; repairs, owner's marks; missing, replaced and/or non-vintage parts, etc.
Try to start with the best plane you can, it will save you time, effort, and money in the fixing up process.Found on lateral adjustment lever: February 8, 1876 - pivoting lateral adjustment lever October 21, 1884 - lateral adjustment lever July 24, 1888 - disk on lateral adjustment lever Found on blade: April 19, 1892 - changing the slot so the screw head passage hole is at the bottom near the blade's edge.Found on plane base: March 25, 1902 - Frog with two step seating.These planes are well documented, it is easy to find the age and changes made thru their production history at sites like Patricks Blood & Gore and Hyperkitten has an excellent plane dating flowchart on his website if you are curious about a Stanley plane you have.There is also a lot written about restoring them and tuning; videos you can buy too.