Stanley Planes Type 9

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Planes made by Stanley 1902-1907

Distinguishing Features (changes from previous type in bold)

  • 'The Patent dates “Mar.-25-02” “Aug.-19-02” are cast into the bed, immediately behind the frog.
  • “B” casting marks eliminated.
  • No patent date is found on the lateral lever.
  • “BAILEY” now cast into to toe, as homage to the inventor of Stanley’s cash cow. The number designation is now cast just behind the knob.
  • Frog receiver undergoes a major redesign. A smaller bearing surface is now cast into the bed, toward the tote. Two circular bosses, to receive the screws are located just ahead of this bearing surface, toward the mouth. A rib runs from the mouth to bearing surface, over which the frog rests. This is to align the frog laterally, to keep it square to the sides of the plane, and, thus, make the iron parallel to the mouth. The frog has a slot at its bottom (the portion nearest the mouth) to fit over the rib cast in the bed.
  • It’s about this time that the brass nuts used to secure the knob and tote to the rods undergo a change. They now have a waist to them whereas the earlier ones are cylindrical over their length.
  • 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.)
  • “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.
  • 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 9" bench plane with the "PAT. AP'L. 19, 92" logo