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Stanley Bedrock Bench Planes
Sizes 602 - 608

Stanley's Bedrock planes were the top of the line bench planes that Stanley Rule & Level Co. offered.   Bedrock planes were first introduced around 1898 and production ceased in 1943 with the start of WWII.  Stanley Bedrock Planes are one of the most sought after and highly regarded bench planes ever produced due to their superior quality, top of the line design features, and the super usability traits that they exhibit.

Comparing a Bedrock plane to the standard line of bench planes Stanley offered is like comparing a Cadillac or Corvette to a regular Chevy or Vega.  Both were made by Chevrolet, both are cars and but what a difference.  Stanley's Bedrock planes had a unique frog design milled flat to match the bed of the plane.   The standard  line of Stanley planes have cast recesses where wood 'chips were prone to gather with the real possibility of throwing the plane out of adjustment.

After a short period Stanley flattened the side rails of this line of planes to make them look more distinctive from their regular offerings.  First model Bedrocks were numbered 2 thru 8 and only the 3 line Bedrock Cap and frog design distinguished them from the regular line of bench planes.   Stanley soon changed their numbers to be the 600 series to set them apart form the standard line of bench planes.  A few years later they flattened the sides.  Over the years the Bedrock name on the lever cap changed from a 3 line Bedrock cap, to a single line Bedrock, then to a short lived 2 line version.  Finally near the end of the production period Stanley simply went to the Stanley inscribed lever cap used on their regular line of planes.    Below you will find a nice cross section of these Stanley planes.  Enjoy.




Stanley 603 C Corrugated Bottom Bedrock Smooth PlaneStanley 603 C Corrugated Bottom Bedrock Smooth Plane This plane is a pre WWII type 10 dating from 1933 - 1941.    Good looking rear handle. Proper Stanley cap with some nickel loss.  Good throat.  Proper cutter is nice.  90% or so of the original japanning.  Lightly cleaned with no issues.  A nice example that will make for a great user when detailed out / tuned up.

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CHC-S603-T10

Good + . . . . . $175.00

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Stanley Bed Rock # 604 1/4 Extra Large Smooth PlaneStanley Bed Rock # 604 1/2 C Corrugated Extra Large Smooth Plane   This looks to be a type 4 with early round sides, and the 2 line Bedrock lever cap.  It is in OK overall condition having seen considerable use.  It has never been cleaned or fiddled with. There is a small nick in the lever cap as shown in the pics. The nice looking Rosewood handle has been glued.  Good throat, no rust, pitting or other casting problems.  It is a nice plane that will make for a good user. 

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CYN-604HF-T4

Good . . . . . . . $165.00

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Stanley # 604 1/2 C Bedrock Extra Large Corrugated Bottom Smooth PlaneStanley Bedrock # 604 1/2 C Extra Large Corrugated Bottom Smooth Plane This is an early 604 1/2 Bedrock smooth plane with round sides.  This is a proper type 3 with the 3 line Bedrock cap.  

This planes original japanning is 90% or better.  The sides and sole look good.  The Rosewood Handle & knob are very nice.  A workhorse ready to go back to work or it is nice enough for the shelf.. 

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KC-604HF-RSC

Good +  . . . . . . $325.00 

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Stanley Bedrock # 605 Jack PlaneStanley Bedrock # 605 Jack Plane Fresh off the bench and still dirty.  The single line cap says it is a Type 6, but it has an earlier cutter in it.  Will clean up to be nicer, and after a tune-up will be a great user.

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AMN-605-FS

Good  . . . . . . $125.00 

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Stanley Bedrock # 5 1/2 C Corrugated Extra Large Jack PlaneStanley Bedrock # 605 1/2 C Corrugated Extra Large Jack Plane  This 605 1/2 Bedrock plane looks to be a type 3 according to the type study. The Rosewood handle and knob are both pretty nice. Nice near full length proper marked cutter, Good cap.  About 60% of the original japanning.  Good throat, no rust and just a little pitting.  A good user that will perform well. 

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SBRG-605HFC-T3

Good +. . . . . . . $175.00

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Stanley # 606 Bed Rock Fore PlaneStanley # 606 Bed Rock Fore Plane   This 606 Bedrock fore plane looks to be a Type 4.  It has the proper 3 line Bedrock cap, round sides, 1 screw frog adjuster and low front knob of a type 4.

This plane has approx. 80% of its original japanning.  The handle has been glued.  The cutter is near full length and nice.  The rest of the plane shows a lot of use and it has never been cleaned or worked on.  This plane could be made to look very presentable with a through cleaning and new tote installed, or it is ready to go back to work as it sits. 

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CYN-S-606-RS

Good  . . . . . . . $125.00

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Stanley # 606 Bed Rock Fore PlaneStanley # 606 Bed Rock Fore Plane   This later flat side 606 looks to be a Type 6.   It has the proper 1 line Bedrock cap, flat sides, 3 screw frog adjuster, tall front knob, 2 patents, etc.  The cutter has a Q logo for a earlier type.  Good wood, no real apologies. A nice looking plane.

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CYN-606-T6

Good + . . . . . . . $150.00

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Stanley Bedrock # 606 Fore PlaneStanley Bedrock # 606 Fore Plane   This 606 Bedrock fore plane is a type 4 and dates from right after the turn of the century.  The wood is good, there is no rust or pitting to speak of.  It has a later full length cutter installed.    A nice plane.

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CYN-RS606-T4

Good +   . . . . . . . $150.00    SOLD!!

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Stanley Bedrock # 607C Corrugated Jointer PlaneStanley Bedrock # 607 C Corrugated Jointer Plane  This # 607 C Corrugated Bedrock Jointer plane is an early round side model.  It is in overall nice condition.   It has the 2 line Bedrock cap making it a type 4 from 1908 - 1910.  The japanning is near 90% or better and looks great.  There are no casting cracks or other problems in the body or main casting.  The rosewood handle and knob look great.  The sides and bottom have no rust or pitting and look good as well. The throat is good.  It looks as if the chip breaker has been replaced, but the cutter is the proper vintage and nice.  Nice enough for the collection, or it will make a great user. 

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MNA-607C

Good +. . . . .  $225.00

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Stanley # 607 Jointer PlaneStanley Bedrock # 607 Jointer Plane   This looks to be a type 3 from 1900 - 1908.  The one apology is the nick in the 3 line lever cap.  Everything else about this fine 607 jointer plane is Like New / Fine and all original.  Look at the condition in the pics.  A nice early Bedrock jointer plane.

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CYN-607-T3-RS

Fine +   . . . . . . . $195.00

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Stanley Bed Rock # 607 Jointer PlaneStanley Bed Rock # 607 C Corrugated Jointer Plane   This looks to be a type 2 from 1898 - 1900. It is marked #7 and has the ground out patent date.  The tag on the side indicates the collector bought this in 1987 about 35 years ago.  He applied his trademark coat of clear lacquer to protect it from rusting and put it in a glass front case he made for his collection.   A nice plane ready for the collection or bench.

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CYN-607C-T1

Fine  . . . . . . . $175.00

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Stanley Bed Rock # 607 C Corrugated Jointer PlaneStanley Bed Rock # 607 C Corrugated Jointer Plane   This looks to be a type 6 from 1912 - 1922.  A nice Bedrock jointer plane ready for the collection or bench.

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SBRG-607C-LT

Fine  . . . . . . . $250.00

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# 608 Stanley Bedrock Jointer Plane# 608 Stanley Bedrock Jointer Plane   This is a type 3 that dates from 1900 - 1908.  Overall it is a very nice plane and good enough for the collection, or will be a fine user. It has a rich dark patina. There is no rust or pitting to speak of, just some dust from sitting on the shelf.  There is about 90% of the japanning.  The knob and handle are the premium Rosewood of the era and very nice.  The cutter is OK.   Good throat.  A nice plane.

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CCC-T3-608

Good +   . . . . . . . $250.00

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Stanley Bedrock Type 1 # 608 C Corrugated Bottom Jointer PlaneStanley Bedrock Type 1 # 608 C Corrugated Bottom Jointer Plane   This is a Type 1 / 2 Stanley Bed Rock 608 C that dates from 1898 - 1999.  When Stanley first introduced this style of plane they numbered them like their typical line of planes.  It was not until the type 3 offered in 1900 that they started using the 600 series to number the planes and differentiate them from the regular line of bench planes.  The type 1 / 2 Bedrocks had the special new mated frog design but were numbered with just a single number.  The other distinguishing feature of these early Bed Rocks is that there is a milled out area where a patent date that was in conflict with a competitors patent was ground out.  After the plane had been japanned.

It has been lightly cleaned, and has a rich dark patina. There is no rust or pitting to speak of.  A previous owner did scratch his name on the side with an electric pen.  There is at least 80% of the of the japanning if not more.  The knob and handle are the premium Rosewood of the era and very nice.  The cutter is long, proper and OK.   Good throat.  Overall it is a very nice plane and good enough for the collection, or will be a fine user.  A nice plane.

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RB-608C-T1

Good +   . . . . . . . $275.00

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