Stanley #5 with aluminum ajustment wheel.

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  • #137170
    Martin Lehrmann
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    I recently bought an old second hand Stanley no. 5 made in England. I noticed that the knob and handle nuts are made of aluminum and not brass. The adjustment wheel is also aluminum. It really doesn´t matter but I`m just curious, because I´ve never seen this before. Can anybody help me. When was the type of plane made??

    Odense, Denmark

    "A chair is only finished when someone sits on it". Hans J. Wegner 1964

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    ehisey
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    That is more recent model, probaby post 1967 since it has the split fork but is not blue.

    Tuscloosa, Alabama
    Lung T'an Hu Huesh Kung-fu Woodshop

    #137212
    Martin Lehrmann
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    Thank you for your reply. According to rexmill.com this may be correct for a Stanley plane made in USA. But this plane was made in England.

    Odense, Denmark

    "A chair is only finished when someone sits on it". Hans J. Wegner 1964

    #137215
    dborn
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    My guess is it’s from the 70’s.. Planes from the 80’s had plastic adjustment nobs, I know I have one from my dad, also, it’s painted a maroon color… I think there was a shift from making planes in America to England in the 70’s, along with the decline in quality of manufacturing. I couldn’t tell you for certain when Stanley shut down there plant in America..

    #137216
    dborn
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    What’s stamped behind the tote? Look at this flow chart.. Could the adjustment knob be steel? If so, it might be a wartime era plane.

    http://www.woodcentral.com/bparticles/pdatechart.pdf

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    #137218
    Martin Lehrmann
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    Hi dborn!
    You are right about the wheel. It´s steel, not aluminum. I just tested with a magnet. The nuts are aluminum.
    All Stanley planes “made in England” with plastic handles and stamped G12-005 (Stanley #5) are made after 1983. That´s the only clue I can find on the internet. This one only says Made in England so it must be a pre 1983 plane. My guess would also be the 70´s.
    About the Stanley Plane Dating Flowchart. It´s for planes made in the US.
    Thank you for your help, I really appreciate that.

    Odense, Denmark

    "A chair is only finished when someone sits on it". Hans J. Wegner 1964

    #137219
    gooner
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    Looks exactly like my 5 1/2. I got mine from a local “antique” market for £15. It was a bargain as I also got £40 worth of rust :-). It cleaned up well though. The iron holds a good edge and its making a great job of dressing up the sapele I’m making a door with.

    #137230
    Scott Morgan
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    Just add myself to the list of people who’ve got one of these steel adjust nut Stanleys, a No. 5½. Was in pristine condition too, only a bit of flaking on the shellac to repair, so I assumed it was only a decade or two old. Other than that guess, no idea.

    Some images of the packaging and adjust screw, yoke:

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    #137264
    dborn
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    I was wrong about when Stanley planes were made in England. They started making planes in England in the 30’s. I saw someone reference the English made planes were actually heavier than the American counterpart.

    Those are some beautiful planes! Nice finds!

    #137270
    Martin Lehrmann
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    It looks brand new!

    Odense, Denmark

    "A chair is only finished when someone sits on it". Hans J. Wegner 1964

    #137450
    Paul Dallender
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    I have two Stanley No 4’s one with the Steel adjuster nut that cost me £30 including postage ($44) off Ebay and to be honest was in almost perfect condition and just needed sharpening. The other one has the brass adjuster nut, which I found this week at my local market here in York on a stall selling antiques and it cost me the princely sum of just £12.50 (about $18.35). It has virtually no rust and needs just cleaning up, sharpening and the handles scraped and new shellac applied. Looking at the flow chart I guess both between 1948 & 1961.

    Quite pleased as I am going to set the blade on one (probably the one with the steel adjuster wheel) to make it a scrub plane as Paul showed in his video.

    I’ve had a good week as I just also managed to buy an Eclipse 36 Honing Guide still in its original yellow box and with user leaflet.

    Paul - A southern lad living up north - Nr York England

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