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Stanley Hand Planes

I mostly collect Type 14 and 15 Stanley Sweetheart Bench Planes.. The Orange Froged Type 15s I have a real weakness for as they where made only one year and are the last Sweetheart's Stanley made..

I also started collecting some Keen Kutter planes that where made by Stanley in the older round sided Bedrock frog design.
These planes have a Number starting with a K (ie K7) The Keen Kutter planes with a KK # are not made by Stanley are have a lower quality frog then even a Stanley Bailey plane..

I have also piced up a few Bedrocks but dont believe the cut any better than a properly tuned Bailey frogged plane..


My Work Planes

Clifton No. 4
I also have a No. 7

No. 4 1/2 Type 15
With one of My Custom 1/8" Thick Iron

No. 5 1/2 Type 15
With one of My Custom 1/8" Thick Iron

No. 7 C Type 15
With one of My Custom 1/8" Thick Iron

No. 80 Sweetheart Scraper

Early No.12 Veneer Scraper

No.60 1/2 WWII Era
Thicker Body and Steel Hardware

No.9 1/2 WWII Ear
Thicker Body and Steel Hardware

With Knuckle Cap

My Collectors


No.65 1897 Pat.

No.19 Sweetheart


Most of My Collection are Type 15s (1931 1931)

They where made at the height of The Great Depression and are Last of the Sweetheart Types.. Type 15s and Type14s where only made for one year each and are a little harder to come by.. The Type 12 is also one of those planes you don't see a lot of like 10,11 and 13..

The Type 15s are the Last of the Sweetheart Types and many say that they are the Pinnacle of the Stanley Works Hand Planes..




No.3 C
Type 14 (1930 1931)



No.5 1/4


No.5 C


No. 608 C


113 Type 1
Missing Rear Handel



Hand Plane RefinishingThis section still needs to be updated but has some of my secrets of plane refinishing .. Make sure you read up on the 3M (Magic) De burring Wheel ..

Hand Plane Iron Set UpMany people call the Iron the blade and the Cap Iron a Chip Breaker but I prefer to use the old terms and a chip breaker does really break chips.
I have a nice shot set up tutorial on how to adjust the lateral adjuster to get a even cut across the length of the blade..

Hand Plane Tune UpI have few methods in this guide is use will help you get the best performance out of your planes.. Also make sure you read the David Charleworth article at the bottom .
I hope to adding a lot more content to the topic soon..

Bench Plane Type StudyThis section will let you figure out how Old is your Bailey Plane?
This is a guide, it was made after Stanley made the plane, it was not what Stanley used to make the planes.. There are Anomalies that have different features from two types on one plane, you could also have parts that were switched. So use it but all of these guides are not etched in stone..

Handle Repair This section cover how to repair broken or chipped plane handles. I have two methods one is using a 1/4" steel pin with some masking tape which I think works best to like up pieces and another which using a threaded rod that I need to change the rod to a 1/2" and try that with some masking tape as a shim..

Handle RefinishingThis section covers how to refinish you plane handles.. Shellac is the the best finish I know to have you beauty of the rosewood show through. You can then use lacquer on top of the shellac but you must make sure you used De-Waxed Shellac and not plain shellac..

My Hand Plane CollectionI have a few of the planes in my collection listed here. I mainly collect Type 15 Sweetheart's ..

What's Japanning ?Here is some recipes and links to other folks pages on how Japan you plane..
The Japanning is the black finish that looks a lot like paint.. I have listed a Motor Paint that looks just like the japanning Stanley used and is very durable and is my choice for refinishing if your just getting started. Its cheap and almost fool proof..

Hand Plane Makers ShopsThis page is brand new is is pictures of the shops of hand plane makers I admire.. Everyone enjoys images of peoples shops and since I inspire to be a plane makers I love seeing others shops and thought I would add a page.. I will be adding more soon..
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do..

Wooden Hand PlanesLots of people I know swear that wood planes cut much better than metal based planes.. I have not really had to time to do any tests but hope to some day. Also I am friendly with Steve Knight from Knight Tool Works and he will give you 10% off the price of his planes if you tell him you read it here..

Rust PreventionFew Methods on how to stop rust for occurring on you planes..

ElectrolysisThis is a method to remove rust no make that kill rust.. It really does not do the job I thought it would after reading about it but on planes where the rust keeps coming back or was rusted badly from the start then is the method I use to give me peace of mind..

What Hand Plane Should I Buy ? Answers as to what planes are best to buy for a new woodworking just starting down the road of using hand planes....

Sharpening I have a whole sub section devoted to sharpening hand plane Irons.

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