He was the undisputed champion of the plane slugfest that errupted in the decades after the Civil War.
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Lateral adjustment lever with patent dates 10-21-84 &7-24-88. The planes were identical to the original Stanleys, except for the markings on the beds, (W.., K..), Keen Kutter and Winchester trademarks on the blades and frogs with twisted lateral levers.
"S" casting mark on bed (raised dot on some specimens). Frogs with "B" casting marks. During the 1920's, Stanley manufactured Type 4 Bed Rock Planes, for Keen Kutter and Winchester.
Try to start with the best plane you can, it will save you time, effort, and money in the fixing up process.
Buying individual parts can get expensive, a lot of times you pick up a broken plane with parts you need cheaper than buying an individual piece.
The listing does not include the No.605-1/4 (see note at Type 7), but does show the No.602-C as being available, which contradicts the assumed 1918 end of production for that model. Allow time for the page to download, as the image is large, in order to maintain some kind of readable quality.
All sizes in production including those with corrugated bottoms. This type study is based upon Roger Smith's original and includes many comments and updates from Patrick Leach. "The improved form of this Plane Iron renders it unnecessary to detach the Cap Iron, at any time, as the connecting screw will slide back to the extreme end of the slot in the Plane Iron, without the danger of falling out.This information was originally on Jay Sutherland's website, but it went inactive sometime in 1999 or 2000. The screw may then be tightened, by a turn with thumb and finger; and the Cap iron will serve as a convenient handle, or rest, in whetting or sharpening the cutting edge of the Plane Iron." There you have it, in all its gory, why the circular hole was repositioned, after it being at the top of the blade for some 100 years. However, the patent drawing for the change shows what I believe is the real reason for the change - the circular disk, on the lower end of the lateral adjustment lever, loses its ability to engage the slot provided for it (in the cutter) when the iron is nearly used up.Let the games begin, starting with the bread and butter of Stanley, upon which they built an empire, the Bailey patent bench plane in its various configurations.Leonard Bailey designed what has become the standard plane configuration that's still in use to this day.There are many different styles of hand planes some made of steel, others made from wood.