In winter they crack immediately if you don’t warm the whole plane up a few degrees.

This then alters the flatness of the sole so it does impact this aspect of the plane too.

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The standards of manufacturing have declined steadily since the 70’s, but the worst aspect of new ones is the low-grade plastic handles that constantly crack, break and need replacement.

Stanley seem to have failed to reconcile that the plastic they use doesn’t tolerate lower temperatures so they do readily crack even when the weather in not too much cooler.

One of the problems encountered in a study of the company’s bench planes is that catalog illustrations could be as much as twenty years out of date.

Texts describing the tools were often astonishingly inaccurate and descriptive errors could remain uncorrected for a decade or more.

The following tables provide a summary breakdown of identifying characteristics and markings of the Bodies, Frogs and Receivers, Lateral Adjustment Levers, and Lever Caps on Stanley’s Bailey line of bench planes.

Features are broken down by type.[1] These tables provide a helpful quick reference guide for identifying type.

Start by reading 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. This page leads you down a hypertext flowchart to determine your plane type.

It includes links to Patrick Leach's original Plane Type Study and the Plane Feature Timeline.

The information in this Web page is derived from a type study done by Roger Smith, in his book "Patented Transitional & Metallic Planes in America." Patrick Leach reformatted the type study and added comments based on his experience with Stanley planes.

I converted the type study to hypertext and added the plane dating flowchart and feature timeline.

I've converted some of the plane dating information found in Patrick Leach's Plane Type Study into an easy-to-use hypertext flowchart.