I'll second that it was the Cheetos guy having fun with his orange color. My absolute favorite types are 2 to 4 but they are hard to find. I would be happy with anything tossed my way from the 11 on down. Wow, Bob - these two posts are truly a labor of love. Great stuff. Unfortunately for me, most of my Stanley bench planes are type
The Superior Works - Patrick's Blood & Gore: Plane #45
For more information, read patrick leach's comments on stanley plane dating. If you thirst for heaps of data on plane dating, visit the plane type study or the plane feature timeline. Stanley bedrock plane dating. Click for bedrock type study. Included here are all of the web sites to help date, or otherwise known as typing or type studies for vintage hand planes. A beautiful 11 x 14 high resolution print of one of the most collectable stanley hand planes. Stanley has been creating tools such as the bench plane since , and it can be difficult to date an antique tool if you don't know where to look, according to the stanley company.
Bailey Type Study
I've converted some of the plane dating information found in Patrick Leach's Plane Type Study into an easy-to-use hypertext flowchart. Hopefully by answering a few questions about your plane you can determine which type it is. The flowchart starts by asking questions about the cast iron bed of your plane. I've chosen the bed as a starting point because it has many easily identifiable markings, and it probably wasn't replaced that often. Unfortunately, many plane types share the same bed markings, so other features are also used in dating.
While comprehensive type studies exist for the no. Using existing reference material from the previous type studies, I poured over old catalogs, advertisements, the planes themselves, and anything else I could get my hands on. Rather than try to create a formal type study, I decided to focus more on the practical goal of simply establishing criteria for dating the planes within the narrowest possible time frame. While there are still some gaps and inconsistencies across models some of which appear within the published type studies of the nos. I intend to eventually format the data into a more usable format, but for now I want to put it out for reference and feedback.