Stanley Planes Type 3

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Planes made by Stanley 1872-1873.

Distinguishing Features (changes from previous type in bold

  • A total redesign of the frog, where it became smaller and is held to the bottom casting by a vertical rib between the sides of the casting. This was a short-lived production, and is practically identical to the “Victor” planes Bailey later produced. This new design is found on sizes #3-#8, but the frog is of a #3 size for all planes. This was probably an attempt to make interchangeable parts for most of the bench planes, instead of having a frog sized for each size of plane. A lot of these planes are broken about the vertical rib, so it was a weak design that was soon dropped.
  • “STANLEY RULE” (in an arc) “& LEVEL Co.” is now stamped on the iron. The cap iron still has the logo of Type 1 stamped into it.
  • The brass adjusting nut in now recessed, with the patent stuff stamped inside.
  • The back of the lever cap is recessed.
  • Plane number no longer incised into back of lever cap or underside of frog.
  • Rosewood knob is shaped like a hot air balloon, and has a distinct bead turned into its base.
  • Most models have “BAILEY’S PATENT” “AUG. 31, 1858, AUG. 6, 1867” stamped into the brass adjusting nut.
  • “L. BAILEY’S” “PATENT” “DEC. 24, 1867” is stamped on the top of the iron and cap iron.


All commentary comes from the original Stanley Bench Plane Type Study