I've got a small low-angle plane with an adjustable sole in front of the
blade(you loosen a small knob and turn a wingnut, then re-tighten), and a
horizontally mounted "wheel and fork" for the projection mechanism. Wheel rides
on a vertically mounted screw. Has an old-timey craftsman logo. Tom
Work at your leisure!
That sounds like a fairly standard block plane. I don't see any
quetion here though, what is it you're wondering? Here are some
places to try to match it against. Remember that it is likely to
have been made by either Sargent or Millers Falls though.
Dave in Fairfax
In the example you mention, the 5 1/2 uses a wider blade than the 5.
But, in general, you can't generalize when it comes to Stanley's
numbering system. Check out www.supertool.com, the "blood & gore"
pages for more than you prably want to know.
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