I picked up a Stanley plane today that has me intrigued. Same
size/shape as a #5, but heavier. It's labeled between the tote and
frog, "C559 MP" (same on frog), "made in USA" in back of the front
knob, and has a stanley lever cap w/ kidney shaped hole, the stanley
blade is marked "H1205 (12-205)". The tote and knob are plastic, but
of a heavier material than the cheap ones I see on new Stanleys.
The casting is thick and heavy, reminding me of a bedrock: one rib
behind the tote, two in front forming a triangle pointing to the frog.
The frog is also heavier.
I couldv'e sworn I read about Stanleys like this, but I can't remember
where I read it.
On Sun, 15 Aug 2004 13:22:11 -0700, Hylourgos wrote:
Best starting place is Patricl Leaches Stanley Blood and Gore web page.
http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan0.htm Standard disclaimer, I've
done business with Pat, who is an all around good guy who sells good tools
and I recieve no benefit from plugging him except that he might still be
in business when I finally have the money for the #7 jointer.
Best bet is to check the width, IIRC there are three Stanley plane series
5, 5 1/4 and 5 1/2 the 5 will measure 2" wide, the 5 1/4 is 1 3/4" and
the 5 1/2 is at least 2 1/4 inch. Details are on the Blood and Gore web
page. As far as the plastic knob and tote are concerned they may be
replacements for the original, and unless authenticity is a major concern
can be replaced fairly easily with wooden parts from Highland or Lee
Valley. Don't forget the bedrocks have a level clipped side profile if it
bellies down you might have a steel bodied plane.
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