Stanley 55 plane dating

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This model dates to between 18, when slitting cutters with depth stops were added to the main body casting.It is shown here with its fillister bottom and fence attached for planing rabbets up to 1 1/2 inches wide.The plow has very substantial 1/4 inch thick cutters which is a design feature that was probably inherited from wooden plow planes which had thick, tapered blades.In a wooden plane, the taper on the blade helps to keep the iron tight against the wedge - backwards force on the iron serves to tighten it.

The intent is for it to act as a sort of visual reference on how a task can be performed.

To learn all the history about the different models and types of # 45 & 55 planes one would ever need to know I recommend the great guide written and published by Dave Heckle past president of MWTCA.

The Millers Patent line of Stanley planes is discussed in length in Roger Smiths works on the subject or in John Walters out of print price guides.

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My question is on dating and identification of the different #45’s.

The skewed cutter on the fillister bottom makes cutting easier, and the fence, supported by two arms and running the length of the sole, makes the 41 less annoying to use than its closest rival in our shop, the Stanley 78 duplex plane.

There is a small spur knicker ahead of the blade on the edge of the fillister bottom for working across the grain, but it is so small that it is doubtful whether this was ever much use, as there is no room to re-sharpen or adjust it.

: (1915-1960) Screw adjustable fence started with type 12. Type 16 &17 are Stanley notched rectangle trademarks.

The only difference in types 12-17 is trademark stamped on main body skate.

There were some subtle differences in the dimensions, but only those that are significant are mentioned where appropriate.

Some of the bench planes are a bit longer/shorter, wider/narrower, heavier/lighter than what's noted for the fact that the planes used many patterns over their decades of production.

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