Stanley planes

What is a plane and why are there so many?

Quite simply a plane is a shaping tool for wood that requires muscle power in order to force the plane’s blade over the wood surface. Different planes are used in the shaping process to either reduce the thickness of wood or to help create smooth surfaces. Below we will go into some more detail about some types of planes and their usage.

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Stanley Bedrock Plane

The Stanley Bedrock Plane

The Stanley Bedrock plane was introduced in the early 20th century and was designed to address the issues of the Bailey Plane. One of the main improvements was in the position of the frog which was made to extend through a larger slot in the sole of the plane. This made it possible for the frog to support closer to the cutting edge of the blade. The frog was also able to be wound forward or back to adjust the position of the blade without having to remove the blade itself. The Stanley Bedrocks are to this day still sought after by many collectors and woodworkers.

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Stanley Block Plane

The Stanley Block Plane

The Stanley Block Plane was designed to be easily operated with one hand and is frequently used for planing across the wood grain. The blades on the Block Plane are set at a shallow bed angle which allows the blade to slice through end grains a lot easier. Many carpenters at the time of it release used this plane on the ends of boards which resulted in being called “Blocking in” henceforth the name “Block” plane. Block planes are still used today in modern woodworking.

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Stanley Victor Plane

The Stanley Victor Plane

It is fairly common knowledge around woodworking circles about the relationship between Stanley Rule and Leonard Bailey being rocky throughout their time. The Victor name was made by both Stanley Rule and Leonard Bailey throughout the history of the name but was eventually bought out by Stanley. Leonard Bailey made a line of Victor planes around 1876 through to around 1888. Much later Stanley used this same name and produced their line from around 1936 to around 1942 then again around 1952 and 1953. The two Stanley offerings were actually two completely different plane designs and were different from the original Bailey designed Victor planes.

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