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Jan 02

Another weird one

There’s another very interesting plane on eBay right now. The majority of the pics are below. It’s a 10″ (!) Stanley block plane. At least, it has some likeness to a Stanley, with a Stanley cutter, but it teamed up with a cast bronze ‘long wheelbase’ sole. I have to say, I love the look, this one is pimped!
When I first saw it, I thought it might be a very early Leonard Bailey experimental design, but cast bronze?? Anyone know more?

I’m struggling to imagine what positives the longer sole might give, because the plane has the conventional holding points, so with the small finger knob and rounded lever cap, it wouldn’t be a particularly easy drive. One might find oneself wishing for dunno, something like a larger rosewood tote and front knob. Just an idea.

Stanley 10-inch Block Plane_1
Stanley 10-inch Block Plane_2
Stanley 10-inch Block Plane_3
Stanley 10-inch Block Plane_4

Please do comment if you know more about the plane, perhaps it is an actual early model?

1 comment

  1. Colin Sullivan

    Dear Gary,

    This plane looks to me to be a pattern makers modification, using parts from a regular Stanley plane. They often made tools because they had access to foundries, the pattern was the easy bit for them?

    Colin.

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