Stanley Planes Type 20

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Planes made by Stanley 1962-1967.

Distinguishing Features (changes from previous type in bold)

  • All castings are now painted blue, instead of the black japanning used for over 100 years.
  • Hardwood totes and knobs are now finished with a light colored stain.
  • The forked lever (the one that engages the hole in the lever cap) is now a cheesy two-piece pressed steel piece of junk.
  • The lateral adjustment lever is no longer a two-piece construction, but now is one piece with the thumb grip bent over.
  • “STANLEY” is no longer stamped into the lateral adjustment lever.
  • The beginning of the end for Stanley bench planes, as we prepare for the Dawning of the Age of Norm, and Ellie Mae Clampett’s yummy bisquits.
  • Kidney-shaped hole in the lever cap.
  • “STANLEY”, inside the notched rectangle, with “MADE IN U.S.A.” logo stamped on the cutter.
  • The toe has a raised, broad, flat rib cast into it. A similar rib is found at the heel.
  • The frog has an ogee-shape (s-shape) to the back, on either side of the lateral adjustment lever.
  • “MADE IN U.S.A.” is cast behind the frog.
  • No patent dates behind the frog.
  • “BAILEY” is cast behind the knob toward the rib, and the number is cast in front of the knob at the leading edge of the bottom casting.
  • A raised ring is cast into the bed to act as a receiver for the knob.
  • High Knob
  • Flat head screws now hold the frog in place.

All commentary comes from the original Stanley Bench Plane Type Study