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Stanley Bed Rock Bench Planes Sizes 602 - 608
Stanley's Bed Rock 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 Bed Rock
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 and both
are cars, but
what a difference. Stanley's
Bedrock planes had a unique frog design that was milled flat to match the
milled 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
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 Bed Rock Cap and frog design distinguished them from the regular line of
bench planes. Stanley soon changed their
numbers to 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
Bed Rock name on the lever cap changed from a 3 line
Bed Rock cap, to a single line Bed Rock, 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.
# 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.
Bed Rock 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.
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.
Type 2 #3 Smooth Plane A pretty
nice example of a pretty hard to find plane. Made between 1869 and
1872 only. Tote has been glued. Tiny imperfection in throat. Cutter is
proper w/ faint stamp. Cap is proper.
3 Smooth PlaneThis plane is a post WWII type 19. The original japanning is 95% or better. The full length cutter with original grind is nice. Good
Rosewood stained tote & knob. It saw little use over the last 50 years. No structural issues. No rust or pitting. A great user. Nice!!
3 C Corrugated Bottom Smooth PlaneThis is a post WWII type 19
smooth plane. The original japanning is 90% or better. The cutter
is near full length and nice. Good
Rosewood tote & knob with some finish losses. It has seen little use. No structural issues.
Some very light pitting. A great user. Nice!!
# 5 C Corrugated Bottom Jack Plane
This is a nice example of a plane that dates from just after the turn of
the century. No rust, pitting, or other damage. It has a beautiful
Rosewood handle. The cutter is nice, proper, and near full length. A
very nice example!!
Stanley Tools 150 Year Anniversary Restored Transitional Plane Just what every Stanley
tool collection needs. The brass plaque is marked that this is # 682 of 2000
produced. Stanley issued a number of different tools for this
celebration / meeting back in 1993. They were all sold out, and
some drift back into the market now and again. A true Stanley collectible.