Stanley Planes Type 7

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Planes made by Stanley 1893-1899.

Distinguishing Features (changes from previous type in bold)

  • Most examples have the letter “S” cast into the frog, lever cap, and/or bed. This is likely the mark of the Sessions Foundry, who contracted with Stanley to produce their castings.
  • Bailey’s name and patent dates eliminated from the brass adjustment nut and cap iron.
  • Frog receiver has two shallow grooves, parallel to the plane’s sides, cast into it. The screw holes are located in the grooves.
  • Rosewood knob is shaped like a hot air balloon.
  • The back of the lever cap is recessed.
  • Flat head screws now hold the frog in place.
  • The number designation, cast into the toe (“No 4”, etc.), is now spaced farther apart; i.e. “No” is about 1″ from “4”, whereas the earlier models had the two right next to each other.
  • “STANLEY” “PAT. AP’L 19, 92” (in two lines) stamped on the iron. The original type study doesn’t mention this, but some of these irons can be found with just *“STANLEY” and not the patent date.
  • Lateral adjustment lever is a two-piece construction, with a circular disk replacing the straight portion at the point where it engages the slot in the iron. “7-24-88” is also stamped into the lever, with the rest of the dates, as before.
  • The brass adjusting nut now has a left-hand thread.


All commentary comes from the original Stanley Bench Plane Type Study

Related Photographs

Blade from a "type 7" bench plane with the "PAT. AP'L. 19, 92" logo