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If money were no object, I would simply call up Lie Nielsen and order one of everything in their catalogue.Since that is not an option, I have taken to buying old hand planes and restoring them.I paid a little more than was necessary because I bought planes that had intact handles and were well presented (with several clear photographs). If you don’t know anything about hand planes, buying them on Ebay can be an expensive way to learn.Here are some very simple rules to follow when looking to purchase an old Stanley hand plane. That indicates it is a type 15 or earlier Stanley bench plane (made before 1932).On the left is the B&Q lever cap showing the square and angular corner to the cam that causes an issues.It should look like the cam on the Stanley shown right, which is indeed rounded and operates smoothly to ensure the depth of the setscrew is the right depth to allow the cam to operate and set everything properly.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.
I've chosen the bed as a starting point because it has many easily identifiable markings, and it probably wasn't replaced that often.Both were made by Chevrolet, both are cars and but what a difference. This # 607 C Corrugated Bedrock Jointer plane is an early round side model. It has the 2 line Bedrock cap making it a type 4 from 1908 - 1910.Stanley's Bedrock planes had a unique frog design milled flat to match the bed of the plane. The rest of the plane shows a lot of use and it has never been cleaned or worked on. The japanning is near 90% or better and looks great. This is a Type 1 / 2 Stanley Bed Rock 608 C that dates from 1898 - 1999.If the hole that the lever cap screw passes through is kidney-shaped, the plane was made in (or after) 1933. A rusty plane just means you are going to pay less. Again, Lee Valley sells replacement rosewood handles if the ones on the plane you buy are beyond repair.That is not to say you won’t have success with a later made plane. Lee Valley sells both Hock and their own Veritas brand blades, both of excellent quality. There are also several companies on the Internet that sell replacement plane handles for almost every hand plane, in almost every species of wood.
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