Rule and Level company was formed in the late 1850's and began their business
producing a line of folding rules and general
hardware in New Britain Conn.
Levels came next, and a few years later they
got into the woodworking plane making business producing a line of metal
bodied planes utilizing Leonard Baileys Patents and designs for metal bodied
bench planes and scrapers.
Stanleys association with Leonard Bailey had a rocky history
and that story is detailed in Roger Smiths books on the history and development
of Patented Transitional and Metallic Planes in America Vol. 1 & 2.
They are worthwhile reads and must have book for plane and tool
After Stanley's initial success with Leonard Bailey's
patents and the acceptance of metal bodied planes by America's
working craftsmen Stanley added new designs and innovative models to their
line of metal bodied woodworking planes. Many different rabbet planes, dado
planes, compass planes and other specialty woodworking planes in addition to
their line of standard
bench planes were introduced and produced. These designs have famous names like the Miller's Patent
or the Schrade name associated with them as well as other lesser known inventors
patents and ideas that Stanley bought and utilized in their plane and
The Stanley Rule and Level Company spent a lot of time and effort
developing a market, and filling the need or demand of early
craftspeople wanting top quality tools. Stanley woodworking
planes were designed for use in a wide range of applications in many
different trades besides those typically associated with woodworking
or cabinetry. They produced specialty planes aimed at cabinet
makers, patternmakers, butchers, electricians, and more to fill
these diverse needs.
Antique woodworking planes including
some rare and unusual patented planes by other makers can be found my other
tool pages. Please visit those pages by clicking the links
found in the left hand column. I attempt to grade my tools conservatively,
and will tell you about defects or major alterations such as replaced parts
or repaints which in general I try not to carry. If you have
any questions about individual pieces that I have for sale feel free to
Click any of the
BLUE underlined titles for the description, price, and pictures!!