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Worlds most popular plane

In 1869... More than 70 years ago The first Stanley iron bench plane was produced.  First bench plane to be made of iron, It was accepted as an outstanding advance in plane construction.  Through all these years Stanley planes have been constantly improved and refined.  Better materials have been quickly adopted as they were discovered.  The design of the various parts and the relation of these parts, one to another, in the finish tool Gives Stanley planes their well known balance--- A feeling in the hands of the user which has never been successfully duplicated.

            These are the reasons why carpenters, Pattern makers and cabinetmakers the men whose livelihood depends upon their skill with tools; School shop instructors the man who teach woodworking; and home craftsmen to, to whom the use of fine tools is a favorite recreation... Invariably choose Stanley planes for their work. 

Rabbet Planes

Iron rabbet planes will lie flat on either side. They can be used either right or left hand, to plane into corners or against perpendicular surfaces. Fitted with a spur and a detachable depth guage. Japanned finish with Nickel plated trimmings.

Number 190--in. long 1 1/2in. cutter

Number 191--8in. long 1 1/4in. cutter

Number 192--8in. long 1in. cutter


Duplex rabbet plane has two seats for the cutter: one for regular work, and the other for bull nose work for working close into corners. It is fitted with a spur and a removable depth guage. The adjustable fence can be used on either side of the plane. When used in the rear seat the cutter is adjustable endwise. Japanned finish with nickel plated trimmings.

Number 78--8 1/4in. long 1 1/2in. cutter


Rabbet plane used to make the rabbet cuts on the sash meeting rail and for all rabbet work within its capacity.

Furnished with a 13/16in. cutter, a fence with stop collars, a R H and L H  depth guage, and a wide depth guage that can be used on either side of the plane for cutters wider than 3/4in. other cutters available are 11/16in, 3/4in, 7/8in.   

Number 378--8 inch long cutters, 11/16,3/4,7/8,13/16.


Skew cutter rabbet plane

Fitted with an extra wide cutter which is set at an angle to the bottom so that it works easier and smoother on cross grain work. It has two adjustable spurs for working across the grain, and a fence and depth guage which can be used on either side of the plane. Japanned with Nickel plated trimmings.

Number 289--8 1/2in. long 1 7/8in. cutter

Stanley bench planes with smooth bottoms

Made from finest gray iron castings with sides and bottom machined Smooth and true.  Foliage us doubled to satisfy all requirements The opening of the mouth can be made wider or narrower as coarse or fine work may require, And the cutter can be adjusted for thickness And evenness of shaving.  Handles and knobs are made from hard wood. 


Dimensions of Stanley bench plans:

Smooth planes

Number 2--7in. long 15/8in. cutter          

Number 3-- 8in. long 1 � inch cutter

Number 4--9in. long 2 inch cutter

Number 4 1/2--10in. long 2 3/8in. cutter


Jack planes

Number 5--14in. long   2in. cutter

Number 5 �--11 � in. long 1 3/4in. cutter

Number 5 �--15in. long 2 3/8 in. cutter


Fore And Jointer planes

Number 6--18in. long 2 3/8in. cutter

Number 7--22in. long 2 3/8in. cutter

Number 8--24in. long 2 5/8in. cutter


Stanley bench planes with corrugated bottoms are made exactly like the smooth with exception that the bottoms are ribbed or corrugated

Cabinet makers rabbet planes especially valuable when fitting rabbeted shoulders for splices and mortises, and free any fine rabbet Work on cabinets, Patterns, Etc.  Where accuracy is essential.  With the front removed they can be used as chiseled planes to remove glue or uneven places in corners.  Sides and bottom are machine ground Square to one another so plane will lie flat on either side.  They can be worked either right or left hand.  The throat opening is adjustable for course or fine work. Cutters are adjustable for thickness of shaving.  Handy grip.  Nickel plated.  Number 90 his of the bull nose pattern and can be used in quarters or other hard to get at places.

Number 90- 4in. long 1in. cutter

Number 92 -5 1/2in. long 3/4in. cutter

Number 93- 6 1/2in. long 1in. cutter


Side rabbet Right and left hand

For side rabbeting and trimming dados, moldings and grooves of all kinds.  They have a reversible nose piece so that they can be worked into corners and are fitted with a depth gauge.  Where these plans are in constant use, it is desirable to have two number 79 planes one set for right hand work in one for left hand work.  Sides and bottoms ground to insure absolute accuracy.  Nickel plated.

Number 79 - 5 1/2in. long 1/2in. cutter


Bull Nose Rabbet Plane

It will work close into corners for other places hard to get at.  The mouth can be adjusted for course or fine work.  Bottom ground true.  Top Japanned.

Number 75- 4 1/8in. long 1 1/16in. cutter



All Stanley block planes except Numbers 9 � And 118, Have an adjustable throat, which permits the mouth to be quickly opened or closed for course or fine work. Bottom and sides our ground Smooth and true.  Handy Grips make it easy to hold the plane. 


Regular block planes

The cutter rests on its seat at an angle of 20�.  Cutter adjustments are provided for regulating evenness and thickness of shavings.  Numbers eighteen and nineteen have steel knuckle joint lever cap which snaps into position and holds the cutter firmly. Some planes are available in Japanned or nickel plated trimmings.


Low angle block planes

With these planes, the cutter rests on its seat at an angle of 12�, making it easier to plane across the grain on hardwoods.  Cutter is adjustable for thickness of shavings. 


Japanned Trimmings regular block planes

Number 9 �--6in. long 1 5/8 in. cutter

Number 9 �-- 6in. long 1 5/8in. cutter

Number 15--7in. long 1 5/8in. cutter


Nickel plated trimmings

Number 18--6in. long 1 5/8in. cutter

Number 19--7in. long 1 5/8in. cutter


Low angle Block planes

Japanned trimmings

Number 60 �--6in. long 1 3/8in. cutter

Number 65 �-- 7in. long 1 5/8in. cutter


Nickel plated trimmings

Number 60--6in. long 1 3/8in. Cutter


Knuckle joint lever nickel plated trimmings

Number 65--7in. long 1 5/8in. Cutter

All steel "boy-proof" plane!  Practically unbreakable.  Made up of three separate units : cap, cutter and bottom complete with adjustment locked in place . Cutter adjustment locked in simple replacement , eliminates thread stripping and cannot be lost once assembled in plane.  lever cap thumb screw not removable; finger rest riveted in position on plane bottom.
Number 118 --6in. long 1 5/8in. cutter 

Stanley Block Planes

These tools are recommended for all ordinary work that does not require that the plane be frequently adjusted. Bottoms are machined smooth and true. Baked, black Japanned finish.



Small light planes handy for odds and ends of light work.

Number 100 handled 3 1/2in. long 1in. cutter

Number 101 no handle 3 1/2in long 1in. cutter


Model Makers

Specially designed for model makers, violin makers pattern makers. Bottom is curved in both directions.7/8in. radius on the width and 12 in radius on the length.

Number 100 �--3 � in. long 1in. cutter


Light serviceable block plane

Number 102--5 1/2in. long 1 3/8in. cutter


Most popular of all non-adjustable plane. Nickel plated lever cap. Hardwood knob.

Number 110--7in. long 1 5/8in cutter.


Adjustable block planes

Cutter is adjustable for thickness of shaving by means of a lever.  Number 103 has a boss cast in the front of the plane for a finger rest, and the sides are japanned. Number 120 has a hardwood knob instead of the boss, and the sides are milled and ground.

Number 103--5 1/2in. long 1 3/8in cutter

Number 120--7in. long 1 5/8in. cutter.


Popular planes at an intermediate price. Cutter is adjustable for thickness by means of a steel screw. Bottom and sides are milled and ground. Hardwood knob.

Number 203--5 1/2in. long 1 3/8in. cutter

Number 220--7in. long 1 5/8in cutter



Stanley 45 plane

A unique, successful and convenient combination of seven tools in one. With the twenty-three cutters furnished with the 45 it can be used as a beading and center beading plane, plow plane, dado plane, rabbet plane, match plane, sash plane and a slitting plane. When cutting across the grain, adjustable, knife like spurs precede the main cutter and score the wood fiber on both sides of the cut. All metal parts are nickel plated. The handle, knob and fence are selected rosewood.

Number 45 with 23 cutters weight of 9 � pounds.

Special Planes

Bench rabbet planes malleable iron bottoms

To accurately cut a rabbet joint across the grain; to cut and smooth rabbets on hardwood, and for heavy rabbet cuts in mining and construction work. Double iron and Bailey adjustments. Hardwood handles and knobs.


Stationary handle and knob

Number 10 �--9in. long 2 1/8in. cutter

Number 10--13in. long 2 1/8in. cutter

Circular planes

They have flexible steel bottoms which can be adjusted to plane convex and convave surfaces. The well known Stanley Bailey cutter and lever cap construction assure smooth, clean work and eliminate chatter. Cutters are adjustable endwise and sidewise. Minimum radius 20. Japanned frames.

The face is fastened at each end to the plane body and adjusted by a screw at the center.

The frame provides a good hand hold for both hands.

Number 20--10in. long 1 3/4in. cutter


Scrub planes

Time and energy saver. When you have to remove quite a bit of wood from the edge or surface of a board-not enough to rip with a saw but a great deal to planeuse the scrub plane. Its heavy, narrow, rounded cutter makes it possible to quickly and easily bring the board down to rough dimensions. Use it to back out base boards, true u sub flooring, size lare timber, clean gritty boards, etc. Japanned finish. Hardwood handle and knob.

Number 40--9 1/2in. long 1 1/4in. cutter.

Stanley 55 plane

This unique plane makes it possible for the amateur home craftsman to produce the many decorative effects that enhance any piece of furniture.  It is also used by mechanics to produce moldings when it is inconvenient or expensive to go to a mill.

This tool is a beading And center beading plane, eight plow, Dado, Rabbet, match, sash, and slitting Plane, and a superior molding plane That will accommodate Cutter is of almost any shape and size.  The samples of work illustrated shows some of the moldings that can be made with cutters regularly furnished with this plane.  Its wide range of war will be appreciated when it is considered that, In addition to the 55 regular cutters in the 41 special cutters (Carried in stock), the plane will take practically any form Of cutter Which the owner can make from blanks or order from sketch.  All metal parts are nickel plated.  The handles and fences are made of rosewood.  A booklet Stanley 55 plane And how to use it His path with each plane.  The cutters, attachments and plane are packed Complete in a strong box.

Number 55 with 55 cutters weight of 15 1/4lb.

Dado planes

They will cut true, even in the narrow widths.  The skew cutter and two adjustable spurs assure smooth clean cuts.  Fitted with an adjustable depth gauge.  Japanned.  Specify Number 39 and width of cutter.

Number 39 8in. long 1/4in., 3/8 in., 1/2in., 3/4in. cutter


Plow plane

A plane especially designed for grooving and for all work within its capacity.  Fitted with a depth gauge an adjustable fence.  Seven cutters are furnished with the plane- 1/8in., 5/32 inch, 3/16 in, 7/32in, �, 5/16, And 3/8in. wide.

Number 248A 9/2in. long


Special block planes double end Non Adjustable

This plane has two mouths and two cutters seats.  Cutter and lever cap can be reversed to form a bull nose plane.  Bottom and sides are ground and milled.  Rosewood knob.  Japanned trimmings.

Number 130 8in. long 1 5/8in. cutter



Edge trimming block

For training for squaring the edge of boards of two 7/8in. for a square or close fit.  The cutter works on a skew.  Japanned.

Number 95- 6in. long 1 1/16in. cutter

Stanley combination planes

Plow and rabbet

Used to plow grooves for panels in cabinet doors, to groove or rabbet screen frames, and for other applications where rabbeting with the grain is required. Nickel plated. Equipment includes fence with 5in. adjustment, depth gauge, 2 sets arms long and short, and 2 plow cutters 1/8in and 3/16 inch. 6 plow and dado cutters 1/4in, 5/16, 3/8, 7/16,1/2, and 5/8 inch wide.

Number 54 9 1/4in. long


Light combination

Used as a plow, dado beading, matching or rabbet plane. Made of metal and nickel plated; rosewood handle. Fitted with spurs for use across grain, a fence, depth guage, shaving deflector, match board beading gauge and lever adjustment. Seventeen cutters are furnished: 2 plow cutters-1/2,3/16; 7 plow and dado cutters-1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16,1/2,5/8, and 7/8 inch wide; 7 beading cutters; 1/8,3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16, and � inch wide, and 1 tonguing cutter-1 � inch wide.

Number 50-9 � inch long.


It takes a year to make a Stanley Rule!


After the tree is felled, twelve months are required before the wood is right for a Stanley Rule and seventy distinct operations are performed to you a high quality Stanley Zig Zag.

The native hardwood is air seasoned and kiln dried under the most favorable conditions. The sticks are sawed so the grain runs lengthwise. Sticks with wavy grain are discarded. To prevent the entrance of moisture, all surfaces of the wood are sealed with a special Stanley preparation. These operations are your assurance of strong sticks. The graduations and figures are accurately printed in jet black, and a fine durable finish of Stanley lacquer enamel adds to the permanency and accuracy of Stanley Zig Zags.

The most durable long wearing metal is used in the joints. Specially designed locking pockets prevent stretching and jack-knifing.

Frequent inspections and tests as the parts are made and assembled and final inspections against U.S. Standards of measurements are your assurance that Stanley Zig Zags are made accurate to stay accurate.

Stanley Everlasting Chisels


Carpenters, Electricians, and Home craftsmen need Everlasting chisels to mortise hard wood or large timbers, for repair work, and for all wood that calls for a general purpose chisel. Schools use them in manual training classes and term them boy Proof chisels.


A blow struck on the head of an Everlasting chisel is transmitted directly to the cutting edge with undiminished force. The handles are never separated from the blades and can never become battered or uncomfortable. Only the finest tool steel is used, correctly heat treated and tempered to hold a keen cutting edge. The blades are carefully polished.


Everlasting chisels with rubber composition handles the head, shank, ferrule, and blade are forged complete no mechanical joints.  The handle is made of a special rubber composition that possesses unusual resistance to breakage and is not affected by heat or moisture. The handle is formed about the shank under tremendous pressure, filling in the recesses in the shank so that it is in possible for it to budge.


Everlasting chisels with wood handles the head, shank and blade are forged from one piece of tool steel. The Ferrules assembled by swaging it into the double taper in the shank of the chisel. The handle is made of selected hickory. It is well finished and is anchored permanently to the bar. A leather washer between the handle and steel head serves as a cushion when the blow is struck.

The above information was obtained from a 1940 #34 Stanley catalog.