Stanley Planes Type 15

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Planes made by Stanley 1931-1932.

Distinguishing Features (changes from previous type in bold)

  • “MADE IN U.S.A.” is now cast behind the frog.
  • All patent info on the bottom casting is removed.
  • “BAILEY” is now cast behind the knob toward the rib, and the number is now cast in front of the knob at the leading edge of the bottom casting. This is opposite to all prior types.
  • A raised ring is cast into the bed to act as a receiver for the knob.
  • SW Logo on the iron
  • “STANLEY”, in a notched rectangle, on the lever cap.
  • The knob is much taller than the previous style. This is referred to as a “high knob” in toolie dialect.
  • The back of the lever cap is recessed.
  • Flat head screws now hold the frog in place.
  • The brass adjusting nut has a left-hand thread and is now larger and measures 1.25″ in diameter.
  • No patent date is found on the lateral lever.
  • The rib (the one the frog rides over) is enlarged and arched.
  • The brass nuts used to secure the knob and tote to the rods have a waist to them whereas the earlier ones are cylindrical over their length.
  • The rib (the one the frog rides over) is enlarged and arched.
  • A frog adjustment screw is present.


All commentary comes from the original Stanley Bench Plane Type Study

no. 3 and no. 4 planes from the "type 15" era placed the "MADE IN USA" in an odd location alongside the tote.